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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


SDG 6 Reference — General Debate 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement by His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Afghanistan is positioned right at the heart of Asia. Our water ties us together; our cultures and languages give us a common denominator; South Asia’s need for energy resources and Central Asia’s abundance of it makes Afghanistan a critical connector. Asia cannot integrate without us. We are right at the heart of untapped potentials that could bring prosperity and peace to our region.


Just last month, hundreds of Afghans were killed or injured, and had their entire homes and livelihoods destroyed, when massive flood waters ripped through the province of Parwan and 13 other provinces. Two years before, the other extreme—drought—led us to nation-wide wheat shortages and upended the livelihoods of the majority of our population who rely on jobs in agriculture to put food on their tables.

Drought and floods are seasonal occurrences for Afghanistan. We need regional solutions based on international models to address the problem of climate change.


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