A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
As Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections and the withdrawal of international forces, insecurity continues to spread across the country, with a devastating impact on civilians.
UNAMA’s role in advancing human rights, supporting humanitarian access and promoting peace and reconciliation efforts must be strengthened – particularly as they relate to the agenda on women, peace and security in Afghanistan. It is critical that the significant gains that have been made in the last decade are not lost.
This briefing outlines the key concerns of civil society organizations in Afghanistan and puts forward suggested action for the consideration of UN Security Council members.