UNAMA: Afghanistan’s environment is under serious damage

5 Jun 2024
3 Minutes

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the Office of the United Nations Deputy Mission in Afghanistan has said that Afghanistan is exposed to climate change and its environment has been damaged.

Pollution has become a nationwide problem in Afghanistan. Four decades of conflict destroyed municipal services and environmental governance, and have hindered economic development. Credit: NEPA

Today (Wednesday, 5 June) on the occasion of the World Environment Day, Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a video tape that Afghanistan’s environment is under serious damage and that the organization is with the people. This country will aim to fight against harmful environmental factors.

Referring to several decades of war in Afghanistan, Ms. Otunbayeva said that these consecutive wars have seriously damaged the country’s environment.

He emphasized that Afghanistan has a beautiful environment and efforts should be made to protect it, and this day has been named by the United Nations to increase people’s awareness to preserve the environment.

In this regard, the officials of the Taliban group said at the ceremony on the occasion of World Environment Day that Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of environment and climate change.

Abdul Salam Hanafi, the administrative deputy of the Taliban group’s ministry, said today at the ceremony celebrating the World Environment Day in Kabul that Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of the environment and climate change.

Mr. Hanafi added that industrialized countries play a key role in the production of greenhouse gases, which has had a negative impact on some countries, including Afghanistan.

He asked the industrialized countries of the world to cooperate with Afghanistan in combating the dangers of climate change.

In this program, the administrative deputy of the Taliban Ministry stressed that Afghanistan has been severely damaged by the effects of climate change and four decades of war.

Hafiz Azizur Rahman, head of the Taliban’s environmental department, said in this meeting that although Afghanistan has no role in climate change, it has been affected the most by this phenomenon.

Aziz al-Rahman added that this department is trying to implement short and long-term programs and climate change mechanisms to protect the environment in the country.

Stating that Afghanistan is on the path of development and should not lose opportunities in the field of environmental protection, he asked the world community and international organizations to cooperate with this country to protect the environment.

Referring to the recent droughts, the head of the Taliban Environment Department said that Afghanistan has been facing drought for the past three decades and this year’s rains cannot reduce these problems.

In this meeting, he asked the countries of the world not to politicize the environmental issue and resume the stopped projects of this administration because; Environmental issues are human issues and its benefits reach humanity.

Zainul Abdin Abid, the deputy expert of the Taliban’s National Environmental Protection Department, said in this ceremony that climate change is a human issue and should not be politicized, and the world should cooperate with Afghans in this area.

On the other hand, Stephen Rodríguez, the head of the United Nations Development Program office, said in this ceremony that the world has suffered a lot from environmental pollution, especially Afghanistan, which has a small share in the emission of greenhouse gases, but has suffered the most damage from climate change. Is.

Mr. Rodrigues added that the UN development program has done water storage, retaining walls to prevent floods, installation of garbage dumps and dozens of other works in different provinces of Afghanistan.

It should be mentioned that this year, hundreds of people have died and thousands of acres of agricultural land have been destroyed as a result of the seasonal rains caused by climate change and floods in Afghanistan.