On Monday, the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) urged the world community not to link political issues with environmental issues, during a ceremony marking World Environment Day.
Speaking at the ceremony, Hafiz Aziz Rahman, the head of NEPA, asked foreign institutions to resume work on 32 small and large projects in the field of environmental improvement.
The National Environmental Protection Agency noted that climate change, drought, floods, deforestation and other issues have caused environmental problems in the country.
"Last year, the National Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the offices of various ministries, was able to reduce air pollution in Kabul and other areas," Aziz Rahman noted.
Regarding environmental projects, the head of the National Environmental Protection Agency stated: "Once again, we ask the international community to not link political issues with environmental ones. 32 projects, both small and major, totalling nearly $824 million, have currently been suspended.”
"We ask the foreign institutions that engage with us in the Ministry of Economy to set up and implement strategic plans in regard to Afghanistan's environment,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy of the Ministry of Economy.
In the meantime, Qalandar Ebad, Acting Minister of Public Health, said that the Islamic Emirate is committed to complying with international laws in the environment field.
"We see ourselves as allies with the international community in this fight and we stand with them. We 100% support any laws put in place by the international community to ensure that societies are clean and useful,” Ebad said.
The theme of this year's World Environment Day is the fight against plastic pollution.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Environment Program said in a report that more than 430 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year.