UN Security Council approves on Afghanistan independent assessment

The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution endorsing recommendations from Feridun Sinirlioglu’s assessment of Afghanistan.

The resolution passed with 13 votes in favor and two against, with Russia and China dissenting.

The resolution supports the findings of Sinirlioğlu’s report, including the appointment of a special representative for Afghanistan. This report, led by UN Special Coordinator on Afghanistan Feridun Sinirlioğlu, was submitted on Nov. 8. It proposes an “engagement architecture” for international efforts in Afghanistan, focusing on four key areas: addressing basic needs, enhancing international security cooperation, creating a roadmap for political engagement, and establishing coordination mechanisms.

Additionally, Sinirlioğlu’s report recommends three mechanisms to oversee implementation: a broad format involving member states’ special envoys, a smaller contact group, and a dedicated UN Special Envoy for Afghan-international diplomacy.