The United Nations and international community have had a long and collaborative engagement with the people of Afghanistan.
Over the decades, Afghanistan has witnessed considerable strife and turmoil. The United Nations and international communtiy has been committed to providing humanitarian, political and development support during periods of conflict, throughout the time of the Taliban, and through political transition.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has signalled its clear commitment to public sector reform, combating corruption, and sustainable economic growth. Consequently, the United Nations and international community has resolved to working alongside the Government, to provide the support necessary to realise these commitments.
The work of the United Nations and international community embraces development, normative and humanitarian work. Afghanistan has witnessed considerable progress in several human development dimensions. Examples include a substantial reduction in maternal mortality, a significant increase in children enrolled in primary education, a rise in access to improved water sources and an expansion in primary health care coverage across the country.
It is recognised however that a number of key challenges to Afghanistan’s future development still remain. Such key challenges include the limited resilience of the Afghan economy, which is affected by illicit trade, limited infrastructure and low investment levels.