UN special coordinator’s report on Afghanistan discussed at Security Council meeting

An independent assessment by UN Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu that was presented to the United Nations Security Council was deliberated extensively during a closed-door session on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Representatives at the UN Security Council emphasized the critical necessity of involving and empowering women and girls in all aspects of life in Afghanistan, as stated in the Swiss representation report.

This roadmap, derived from Sinirlioglu’s assessment and independent investigations, outlines crucial measures for the future of Afghanistan.

Tahira Naseri, head of a women’s rights movement, urged a realistic approach to such reports, particularly given the Taliban’s rule, stressing the importance of transparent decisions that consider the well-being of Afghan women.

“When special reporters are sent to Afghanistan, these reports should be viewed realistically, especially considering the current situation in the country,” she said.

“The primary aim of mandating the independent assessment last March was to formulate a comprehensive international strategy towards the de facto authorities,” stated Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE ambassador to the UN. She emphasized the need for a strategy that doesn’t inadvertently legitimize the current authorities’ power.

Sinirlioglu’s report proposed significant steps such as the appointment of a special envoy, the establishment of a contact group for Afghanistan, and ongoing UN meetings. However, the decisions made by the UN Security Council regarding these proposals remain undisclosed.

Residents of Kabul expressed a desire for clear and transparent decisions that would impact the future of their country.

Sinirlioglu’s mission, initiated by the UN Secretary-General, aimed to independently assess Afghanistan’s situation, with global decisions on the country expected to align with these findings.

The report has sparked significant reactions in recent weeks, reflecting the sensitivity and importance of addressing Afghanistan’s complex situation.