UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the International community to join him in Geneva both in person and virtually and pledge their tangible support to address the critical humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Antonio Guterres said that now is the time for the world to show solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

United Nations plans to convene a high-level ministerial meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13 in which the world will address the humanitarian crisis and aid in Afghanistan.

A statement released by the UN reads that UN agencies and non-governmental partners have launched a Flash Appeal seeking US$606 million for the remainder of the year to bring vital relief to 11 million people in Afghanistan.

The statement reads that people in Afghanistan urgently need food, medicine, health services, safe water, sanitation, and protection.

“International and Afghan humanitarian organizations are on the ground and can deliver in a rapidly changed context.” Reads the statement.

The statement also added that the aid envoys should be provided with the fund and full access to around Afghanistan and their safety should be ensured.

Earlier, UN secretary-General’s special representative to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons had called on the international community to leave politics aside and provide the people of Afghanistan with relief assistance and withhold humanitarian crisis.