UN Will Not Abandon People of Afghanistan: DiCarlo

DiCarlo said the UN will continue supporting the efforts of Afghans toward an inclusive and just society.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, concluding a three-day visit to Afghanistan, said the UN will not abandon the people of Afghanistan and will support their efforts for building an inclusive, just and peaceful society.

DiCarlo visited Afghanistan from December 7-9 and met with a wide range of the Islamic Emirate representatives, political figures, women leaders, members of civil society and the diplomatic community and reiterated that the UN will continue working in Afghanistan, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

“The UN has been in Afghanistan since 1949 and, as demonstrated during the recent crisis, we do not intend to abandon the Afghan people,” she said.

According to UNAMA, DiCarlo during the meetings with the Islamic Emirate officials emphasized the paramount importance of ensuring that all Afghans–men, women and minorities–take part in political and social life.

“I had frank and useful exchanges about what is needed to be done to bring about an Afghanistan that is inclusive, abides by its human rights obligations and is a resolute partner in suppressing terrorism,” she said. “The Afghan people and the world are very interested in the steps the de facto authorities will take in this regard.”

DiCarlo also insisted on the reopening of girls’ schools and the importance of women’s work. “As I heard again during my visit, the women and girls of Afghanistan want to be able to go to school, work and take part in public life, free of discrimination. The progress that was made in this area must not be erased.”

Pointing to the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, DiCarlo said the UN is working with international financial institutions and with the international community to deal with the financial situation and prevent the total economic and social systems’ collapse in Afghanistan, the statement said.

UN Will Not Abandon People of Afghanistan: DiCarlo