The United Nations will hold an international conference to raise humanitarian funds for the Afghan people on September 13, U.N. Secretary General AntÃ³nio Guterres said Saturday.
The Taliban-controlled country â€œfaces a looming humanitarian catastrophe,â€ Guterres said in a video posted on Twitter.
The aim of the ministerial-level conference is â€œto advocate for more resources so lifesaving humanitarian operations can continue,â€ he said.
Guterres has said that nearly half of Afghanistanâ€™s roughly 40 million people need humanitarian support. An economic collapse is beckoning and serious drought has restricted food supplies leading to fears of mass starvation.
â€œWe need the international community to stand together and support the Afghan people,â€ Guterres said.
â€œWe also appeal for full and unimpeded humanitarian access to make sure Afghans continue to get the essential services they need,â€ he added.
EU foreign ministers on Friday agreed a joint approach to working with the Taliban. The EU position demands that any Taliban government must allow access to humanitarian aid.