Islamic Emirate Accuses International Community of Climate Change Injustice in Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan accuses the international community of neglecting climate change efforts in the country, calling for resumed projects and financial support to address the severe impacts on water, agriculture, and the Afghan population.

Muhammad Jawad
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Islamic Emirate Accuses International Community of Climate Change Injustice in Afghanistan

Islamic Emirate Accuses International Community of Climate Change Injustice in Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has leveled accusations of injustice against the international community in addressing the pressing issue of climate change within the country. Despite the severe impacts of rising temperatures on various sectors and the lives of the Afghan people, the Islamic Emirate claims that the global community has suspended 32 environmental and climate change projects, restricted Afghanistan's access to pledged financial resources, and excluded the nation from critical regional and international meetings and conferences on environmental and climate issues.

According to the Islamic Emirate, these actions by the international community have severely affected multiple sectors in Afghanistan, including water, agriculture, livestock, forests, and the social and economic well-being of its citizens. The rising temperatures, droughts, floods, and destruction of agriculture and ecosystems have taken a heavy toll on the country, exacerbating the already challenging circumstances faced by the Afghan population.

Why this matters: The accusations by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan highlight the complex interplay between geopolitical tensions and the global fight against climate change. The alleged exclusion of Afghanistan from international climate change efforts raises concerns about the equitable distribution of resources and support in tackling this global crisis.

The Islamic Emirate has stated that it has prioritized climate change management and initiated efforts to mitigate the situation. However, they call upon the international community to resume the suspended projects, facilitate access to the pledged financial resources, and create opportunities for Afghan participation in regional and international forums on climate change. The report emphasizes that climate change is a human dilemma that requires joint efforts from all governments and stakeholders.

The Taliban government has welcomed the recent $84 million in aid from the World Bank, which is intended to address the country's economic crisis, provide livelihood projects, support Afghan women, tackle climate change, and assist returning migrants. However, some citizens have expressed that more assistance is needed given the current circumstances, and it should be provided in a transparent manner.

The World Bank's aid package, allocated through the International Development Association for the Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project, focuses on providing livelihood support, social grants for women and the vulnerable, and strengthening community institutions for inclusive service delivery. The project has already created short-term employment for over 776,000 Afghan families, benefiting around 5.4 million individuals, and provided cash or in-kind assistance to 92,200 vulnerable families, including those headed by women.

Key Takeaways

  • Islamic Emirate accuses global community of injustice on climate change in Afghanistan.
  • Suspension of 32 climate projects, restricted access to funds, and exclusion from meetings.
  • Severe impacts on water, agriculture, forests, and socioeconomic well-being of Afghans.
  • Islamic Emirate calls for resumption of projects, access to funds, and participation in forums.
  • World Bank provides $84M aid for livelihoods, women, climate, and returning migrants.