Following the Taliban’s nationwide ban on women working in UN offices, envoys will talk about the Taliban’s limitations on women.
A global gathering on Afghanistan is being organized by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in May in Doha, Qatar, where envoys will look for a “durable way forward” for the war-torn country.
According to Stephane Dujarric, a spokeswoman for the secretary general, Guterres will host the closed-door meeting on May 1-2, which will include special envoys on Afghanistan from various nations who hope to “clarify expectations” on issues such as the Taliban’s restrictions on women.
Dujarric told reporters at UN headquarters, “The goal of this sort of small group gathering is for us to revitalize the international involvement around the common objectives for a lasting solution to the situation in Afghanistan.
Guterres “continues to maintain that it’s a top priority to advance a strategy based on practicality and principles, combined with strategic perseverance, and to identify parameters for innovative, adaptable, principled, and constructive engagement”
The Taliban leadership’s participation in the negotiations was not yet certain.
Following a ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations, the mission in Afghanistan has begun an evaluation of its operations.
The declaration of the gathering in Qatar’s capital followed comments Monday by UN delegate secretary general Amina Mohammed, who addressed the possibility of the emissary’s social occasion to examine the “child steps” which could return the Taliban on the pathway to acknowledgment by the worldwide local area, yet with conditions appended.
“There are some who accept this can never occur. In a speech delivered at Princeton University, Mohammed stated, “Well, it has to happen.”
“We have leverage because the Taliban clearly want recognition,”
However, the spokesperson, Dujarric, emphasized on Wednesday that Mohammed “was not in any way implying that anyone else but member states have the authority for recognition” of the government of Afghanistan.
Last December, the UN General Gathering endorsed a choice to delay any endorsement of Kabul’s solicitation to certify another envoy addressing them at the UN, following the Taliban’s re-visitation of force in August 2021.
Dujarric said at Princeton that the UN representative secretary general – who is profoundly engaged with the issue – talked simply about “reaffirming the requirement for the global local area to have an organized methodology in regards to Afghanistan”.
He went on to say that “this includes finding common ground on the country’s longer-term vision” and “sending a unified message to the de facto authorities on the imperative to ensure women have their rightful place in the Afghan society.”
The Taliban’s ban on Afghan women working for UN offices nationwide on April 4 prompted Western criticism and a UN review of the organization’s operations in Afghanistan.