KABUL, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Children are making 60 percent of persons needing humanitarian assistance and being disproportionately affected by armed conflict and severe natural disasters, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
The UNICEF and Afghanistan Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) have jointly launched a workshop on child Protection Emergencies Operational Strategy, the agency said in a statement.
The main aim of the workshop was to address the critical needs and response priorities of children in need of care and protection during and beyond emergencies, said the statement.
Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ghulam Haidar Jelani said they will surely bridge the gap between humanitarian and development nexus and to address the critical needs and response priorities of children in need of care and protection during and beyond emergencies.
Meanwhile, acting Representative for UNICEF Afghanistan Sheema Sen Gupta affirmed UNICEF's commitment to continue working tirelessly with the Afghan government to improve the lives of children and that the strategy was vital for children in the country.
The workshop will help get children's issues and protection higher on the political and public agenda and ensure that the wellbeing and rights of the children are at the core of our work and commitment, according to Gupta.