Climate justice recognises that the impacts of climate change are unfairly distributed. People and communities who have contributed the least to global greenhouse gas emissions are the first and worst impacted. Meanwhile, countries and corporations who are the most responsible, both now and in the past, can avoid its most serious effects.

While the effects of climate change have major consequences for all people, communities facing other disadvantages feel its impacts the most. Climate change can worsen societal inequalities. This creates imbalances in who can access key resources for adapting (e.g., food, a home, a stable water supply) and whose voices are included in decision-making spaces.

Addressing climate (in)justice is all about rebalancing the scales. Climate justice happens when those the most responsible for the climate crisis do their fair share in reducing their emissions and sharing their resources. It also happens when we address other justice issues that intersect with climate change, such as poverty, gender equality, social inclusion, and war. Together, this builds a vision for a planet where Creation can thrive, and all people can live with dignity and well-being.
In 2023, over 28 million people in Afghanistan are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The number of people experiencing severe food insecurity has swollen, with six million people on the brink of famine. Afghanistan’s children are among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, and their situation is worsening. They need support now.

The suffering of Afghan children and families is due to circumstances beyond their control. Afghanistan has been ravaged by over four decades of conflict and a climate change crisis that has caused both severe drought and extreme flooding in recent years. The country’s economic collapse in 2021, following the sudden fall of the Government, has exasperated need and led to widespread hunger and food insecurity.
Yes! With your help, we’ve been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Together, we’ve been making a difference in the lives of children and families in one of the world’s most challenging contexts. And we won’t stop now.

With you and our team of local staff , we will get help to those who need it most. Donations from generous New Zealanders have helped fund food aid programmes, health and nutrition services, water, hygiene, and sanitation activities, and education initiatives in underserved communities in Afghanistan. In 2022, New Zealand giving helped our team in Afghanistan to reach almost 1.4 million people!

Right now, your kindness is reaching hungry children and desperate families who urgently need support.

Like you, we remain firmly committed to the children and families of Afghanistan. Together, we hope to reach more than 2.1 million Afghan children over the next three years, meeting their needs today while working towards a better and brighter tomorrow.
In December 2022, Afghanistan’s defacto authorities banned Afghan women from working for NGOs. Around one third of World Vision’s team in Afghanistan are women. They are nurses, doctors, teachers, nutrition experts, team leaders, community health workers and more. They have access to people and contexts that their male colleagues can’t reach. They’re critical to safeguarding the communities we serve. They are essential to our work. As with a number of other humanitarian agencies, we made the tough decision to suspend all our activities in Afghanistan as we cannot deliver a suitable aid programme that reaches the most vulnerable without our female staff.

We’re already seeing positive signs. A number of exceptions to the ban have now been made, which means we’ve been able to restart the life-saving health, nutrition, and food assistance programmes you make possible. On 8 January 2023, we received assurances from authorities that the ban doesn’t apply to our health and nutrition staff or support workers. And it’s safe for women to resume these activities. Then in February 2023 we were able to resume our education and food assistance activities!

We hope that the ban will be lifted in its entirety and that we will be able to resume all our programmes. Our aim is to lift the suspension when female staff are allowed to work across all humanitarian sectors.