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UN Calls for Urgent Climate Action in Afghanistan at COP28

Dubai, December 2, 2023 – As COP28 unfolds in Dubai, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urges swift action to combat the severe impacts of climate change on the nation.

Afghanistan ranks among the least prepared for climate challenges, facing a third consecutive year of drought, economic pressures, and vulnerability to natural disasters. Nearly 20 million Afghans are in crisis-level food insecurity. Humanitarian funding is dwindling, climate finance is suspended, and the de facto authorities are yet to create a conducive environment for global fund access.

Roza Otunbayeva, UNAMA’s head, stresses the urgency: “Mitigating climate change impacts cannot wait. All stakeholders must engage constructively for the benefit of the Afghan people.”

UNAMA calls for immediate, collective action, emphasizing the need to move from awareness to tangible solutions. The mission underscores Afghanistan’s inability to go another year without a voice on climate change, urging creative solutions to ensure active participation in COP29 discussions. The call for action prioritizes addressing climate challenges for the well-being of the Afghan people.

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