The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to extend the UNAMA mandate in Afghanistan for a one-year, as UNAMA is considered a lifeline for the Afghan people during these difficult times.
While reviewing the resolution, the participating members agreed the UNAMA plays a significantly important role towards peace and stability in Afghanistan. With the extension of UNAMA’s mandate, the UN will be able to continue its important work to restore Afghans’ ability to exercise their human rights, especially those of women and girls and members of minority communities.
Furthermore, UNAMA will continue to address widespread humanitarian emergencies and economic crises, promote peace and stability, and facilitate dialogue among all Afghan political parties and stakeholders. Doing so will eventually pave the way for a better mechanism to find solutions to major challenges and restore sustainable peace in the war-torn country.
It is believed that the Council’s action directly supports the empowerment of women and girls, their human rights, and fundamental freedoms. However, in Afghanistan women and girls have been deprived of their basic rights. They are barred from attending education, work, or sports. These restrictions were imposed by Afghanistan’s de facto authorities under the watch of UNAMA, which are still in place.
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood praised the efforts of UNAMA staff in Afghanistan, who are operating in a deteriorating security situation throughout the country.
“Today and every day, the United States stands firmly in support of the UN’s work to support peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan and to advance respect for all Afghans’ human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Robert Wood said.
Following the vote for an extension, it is decided that UNAMA will continue its critical mission for another year in Afghanistan without any change in its mandate, activities, and priorities.