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Afghanistan: High-level meeting on International Humanitarian Law and Protection of Civilians

© European Union, 2020 (photographer: Peter Biro)

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is dire. The coronavirus pandemic has put a further strain on the population. According to the UN, close to 14 million people will need humanitarian aid and more than 17 million are expected to be food insecure this winter.

On 19 November, the European Union will co-host a side event on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and protecting civilians in conflict, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Swiss Agency for Development and cooperation. The meeting is organised in the margins of the Afghanistan Conference.

Humanitarian aid will remain crucial, its delivery must be facilitated and in line with humanitarian principles. Afghanistan has suffered from four decades of war, with a dramatic impact on civilians. Respect and promotion of IHL are crucial to saving lives and can generate a positive effect on the peace negotiations, increasing chances of lasting peace and transitional justice.

Building on these considerations, this high-level meeting will be an excellent opportunity to highlight that humanitarian aid, IHL and protection of civilians will remain key in Afghanistan, during the peace negotiations and beyond, for real prospects of sustainable future peace.

Event organised by:

  • European Union - Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • Sweden - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

It will see the participation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and other prominent stakeholders.

Date: 19/11/2020

Time: 13.00 - 14.45 CET


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Last updated 24/11/2020