This morning, the Vice Minister, Marina Sereni, resolved a contribution in favor of the High Commission of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR) for humanitarian activities in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, during a meeting with the UNHCR representative for Italy, Chiara Cardoletti. The contribution will be for 21.5 million euro, of which 11.5 million will be assigned to humanitarian activities in Afghanistan and the remaining 10 million in support of the humanitarian emergency in the countries bordering it. The initiative of Italian Cooperation will make it possible to respond to the humanitarian needs of displaced persons in Afghanistan and the Afghan refugees in the two bordering countries, with particular attention to women and girls. This collaboration with the UNHCR in aid of the Afghan population in Iran and Pakistan also extends to projects undertaken by the Migration Fund of the Farnesina, serving to strengthen their ability to manage migratory flows in respect of individual rights and to support the local host communities. The financial contribution to the High Commission for refugees comes within the framework of the extraordinary resources allocated by Italy for initiatives of humanitarian and migratory aid, totaling 150 million euro, to be employed in collaboration with the system of the United Nations, in response to the deterioration of the Afghan situation following the crisis of August and the return to power of the Taleban.
“I am very pleased to have signed this resolution – said the Vice Minister – which shows how rapidly Italy has been able to respond to the urgent needs of humanitarian aid to the Afghan population. We cannot abandon the citizens of that country, especially now, when the threats to their security, the crisis of liquidity, the arrival of winter and the persistent violence are making a difficult situation so much worse” “In the name of the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi – added Chiara Cardoletti – I’d like to thank the Italian government for the support that will enable the UNHCR to remain alongside the Afghan population at this highly critical time”.