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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering yesterday’s fundraising effort for urgent humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and the new environmental focus of the human rights council. Plus, we get a reality check from the younger generation of conservationists.

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Irene Velicer


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Afghans help distribute relief supplies from USAID to families displaced by fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 2021. (Credit: Keystone/EPA/M. SADIQ)

Donors committed over $1bn for Afghanistan at yesterday’s high-level conference in Geneva. The UN secretary general, who had called a flash appeal for $606m in emergency aid, said the international response had met his expectations. International donors have so far been reluctant to send money to Afghanistan without clear commitments from the Taliban to uphold human rights in the country. Opening the Human Rights Council on the same day, UN high commissioner Michelle Bachelet echoed concerns about the human rights situation, and repeated Guterres’ warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis facing millions of Afghans.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Environmental rights initiative to be launched by UN. The new programme will work to protect environmental defenders, normalise the right to a healthy environment in UN processes, and help countries with capacity building. The UN rights chief announced the collaboration with the UN Environment Programme in her opening address to the Human Rights Council yesterday.

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