In a Coordination Meeting between the Afghan Government and Humanitarian Organizations: 2 million IDPs and 6 million Refugees Need Help

The coordination meeting between the Afghan government and humanitarian organizations was held today under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the National Unity Government at the Sepidar Palace, to better identify the mechanisms of cooperation and prioritization and to address problems of IDPs, refugees and returnees.

During the meeting, the Chief Executive appreciated contributions of the international organizations and called for the continued support and assistance of humanitarian organizations to the IDPs, returnees and refugees.

Dr. Abdullah said due to insecurity and drought, the number of displaced persons and refugees has increased. At the present time, there are nearly 2 million internally displaced people and at least 6 million refugees, mostly living in Iran and Pakistan.

The Chief Executive emphasized the need for coordination and integration between governmental institutions and international organizations to address the needs of displaced persons and refugees, and said in order to meet demands of returnees, IDPs and refugees, we need to find some certain and sustainable solutions.

Underlining the continuing reform in the government institutions, Dr. Abdullah said the National Unity Government is committed to holding timely and transparent parliamentary election, and provided the Election Commissions with the necessary facilities.

The Chief Executive also called for a focus on construction and infrastructure projects.

Ministers of Refugees and Returnees, Economic, Agriculture, Irrigation and Livelihoods, Labor and Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Minister of State for Disaster Management as well as Deputies of the Ministries of Finance and Women's Affairs, while outlining their plans and actions, made suggestions for better addressing the needs of IDPs, refugees and the drought affected people.

Then, Mr. Filippo Grandi the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator spoke and praised the government’s plans and actions to address IDPs, refugees and the affected people from drought and conflicts.

They pledged to continue support for the government and the people of Afghanistan, saying that they need more coordination and measures for assisting the affected people and IDPs.

The United Nations High Representatives, referring to the international conference on the issues of Afghanistan, which will be held in a month in Geneva, said that the meeting could pave the way for the international community to help refugees, IDPs as well as the affected people from drought.