GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

10-Jan-2022 00:03:30
The UN and partners launched a more than five billion USD funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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10 JANUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, press conference room, press photographer, masked and crouching, taking picture of dais speakers to rear
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Today we are launching an appeal for 4.4 billion USD for Afghanistan itself for 2022. This is the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance, and it is three times the amount needed, and actually fundraised in 2021.”
4. Med shot, TV camera operators in profile
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“This is a stop-gap, an absolutely essential stop-gap measure that we are putting in front of the international community today. Without this being funded, there won’t be a future. We need this to be done, otherwise there will be outflow, there will be suffering.”
6. Close up, hand holding a stylus being used to take digital notes on a tablet
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“A million children potentially suffering severe acute malnutrition, a million children. Figures are so hard so grasp when they’re this kind of size, but a million children in Afghanistan at risk of that kind of malnutrition if these things don’t happen is a shocking one.”
8. Med shot, participant seated in front of laptop, masked
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Humanitarian agencies within Afghanistan can only operate if there’s cash in the economy which could be used to pay officials, salaries, costs, fuel and so-forth. So, liquidity in its first phase is a humanitarian issue. It’s not just a bigger economic issue.”
10. Wide shot, press room, photographer crouching to photograph dais speakers, journalists seated at tables, masked
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The key here is to stabilize the situation inside Afghanistan, including that of displaced people who are displaced inside their country; also, to prevent a larger refugee crisis, a larger crisis of external displacement.”
12. Med shot, photographer kneeling with large telephoto lens, flanked by press conference participants.
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It is key, I think, not to forget that there is a regional dimension to this crisis, represented by the Afghan refugees; but also, Afghans with many other ‘stay’ arrangements in neighbouring countries in particular, especially in Pakistan and Iran that have hosted Afghans for more than 40 years; but also, without forgetting Central Asian States.”
14. Close up, participant taking notes on notepad
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“This is why in this segment of this big appeal, of this five billion USD appeal, the segment worth just over 600 million USD, we’re asking for resources to support the neighbouring countries.”
16. Close up, TV camera viewfinder and Grandi at dais, to rear
17 SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Our colleagues are there every day, and that’s what they talk about every day. They certainly talk about access, and delivery and needs, but they also talk about women at work, women in school - girls in school - rights of minorities. But it’s that space that we need to preserve.”
18. Wide shot, TV crews with cameras on tripods, large screen TV showing dais and speakers
19. Close up, Martin Griffiths on TV camera viewfinder and to rear at dais and on big-screen TV, blurred
20. Wide shot, TV cameras in foreground, dais speakers to rear
STORYLINE
The UN and partners launched a more than five billion USD funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday (11 Jan), in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders.

Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that 4.4 billion USD was needed for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan alone, to pay direct to health workers and others, not the de facto authorities.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for 623 million USD, to support refugees and host communities in five neighbouring countries, for the Afghanistan Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan.

“Today we are launching an appeal for 4.4 billion USD for Afghanistan itself for 2022,” said Mr. Griffiths. “This is the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance and it is three times the amount needed, and actually fundraised in 2021.”

The scale of need is already enormous, both UN officials stressed, warning that if insufficient action is taken now to support the Afghanistan and regional response plans, they could potentially ask for ten billion USD next year.

Griffiths added, “This is a stop-gap, an absolutely essential stop-gap measure that we are putting in front of the international community today. Without this being funded, there won’t be a future. We need this to be done, otherwise there will be outflow, there will be suffering.”

Rejecting questions that the funding would be used to support the Taliban’s grip on de facto government, Griffiths insisted that it would go directly into the pockets of nurses and health officials in the field so that these services can continue, not as support for State structures.
UN aid agencies describe Afghanistan’s plight as one of the world’s most rapidly growing humanitarian crises.

According to UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA, half the population now faces acute hunger, over nine million people have been displaced and millions of children are out of school.

Asked to describe what might happen if sufficient support was not forthcoming, the UN emergency relief chief replied that he was particularly concerned for one million children now facing severe acute malnutrition. He said, Figures are so hard so grasp when they’re this kind of size, but a million children in Afghanistan at risk of that kind of malnutrition if these things don’t happen is a shocking one.”

But humanitarian agencies and their partners who will receive the requested funding directly can only do so much, Griffiths explained, before reiterating his support for the 22 December UN Security Council resolution that cleared the way for aid to reach Afghans, while preventing funds from falling into the hands of the Taliban.

“Humanitarian agencies within Afghanistan can only operate if there’s cash in the economy which could be used to pay officials, salaries, costs, fuel and so-forth,” he said. “So, liquidity in its first phase is a humanitarian issue. It’s not just a bigger economic issue.”

He called on the international community to not shut the door on the people of Afghanistan. He said humanitarians are on the ground delivering despite the challenges. He called on donors to help scale up the response and stave off wide-spread hunger, disease, malnutrition and ultimately death by supporting the humanitarian plans.

Highlighting the need to avoid a wider regional crisis emanating from Afghanistan, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi insisted that what was needed most was “to stabilize the situation inside Afghanistan, including that of displaced people who are displaced inside their country; also, to prevent a larger refugee crisis, a larger crisis of external displacement.”

Nonetheless, Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours had sheltered vulnerable Afghans for decades, Grandi explained, as he appealed for 623 million USD in funding for 40 organizations working in protection, health and nutrition, food security, shelter and non-food items, water and sanitation, livelihoods and resilience, education, and logistics and telecoms.

He said, “It is key, I think, not to forget that there is a regional dimension to this crisis, represented by the Afghan refugees; but also, Afghans with many other ‘stay’ arrangements in neighbouring countries in particular, especially in Pakistan and Iran that have hosted Afghans for more than 40 years; but also, without forgetting Central Asian States.”

Since the Taliban takeover last August, women’s and girls’ rights have continued to come under attack, OCHA noted in a statement, while farmers and herders are struggling amid the worst drought in decades and the economy is in freefall.

On the issue of protecting fundamental rights, Griffiths underlined the fact that UN humanitarians were continuing to hold conversations with Afghanistan’s de facto authorities at a national and sub-national level, on issues such as aid and education access for all.

Echoing that message, UN refugee chief Grandi noted that humanitarians on the ground were well aware of the importance of stressing the need to protect the rights of minorities and other vulnerable Afghans.

He said, “Our colleagues are there every day, and that’s what they talk about every day. They certainly talk about access, and delivery and needs, but they also talk about women at work, women in school - girls in school - rights of minorities. But it’s that space that we need to preserve.”
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