UN: Afghanistan’s environment faces serious threats

Today, June 5th, marks World Environment Day, a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about environmental preservation. Afghanistan is among the countries that have received the least attention regarding environmental protection.

“Afghanistan’s beautiful and unique environment is under threat,” UN envoy Roza Otunbayeva said in a message on World Environment Day.

She called for urgent adaptation, better resource management and ecosystem restoration to halt climate-related floods, drought, and desertification.

Otunbayeva emphasized that the country is severely affected by climate change and environmental degradation.

Referring to recent floods in Afghanistan, Otunbayeva highlighted that at least 20,000 homes were destroyed. In response to the floods, the United Nations provided food supplies to 10,000 people and shelter to another 2,500, she said.

Otunbayeva also pointed out that decades of war have inflicted significant damage on Afghanistan’s environment. She stressed the importance of collective efforts to preserve the country’s natural beauty.

“Afghanistan has a beautiful environment, and we must strive to protect it,” she concluded.