The UN hosted a donor conference in Geneva on Monday in a bid to raise $606 million (€513 million) needed by December to keep aid programs in Afghanistan afloat.

By the end of the afternoon, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that donors had pledged over $1 billion.

Since the collapse of the Western-backed Afghan government and the Taliban takeover in August, Afghanistan stands on the brink of a growing humanitarian crisis.

Many countries that were willing to provide aid have expressed growing hesitation due to concerns about how funds will be spent with the Taliban in power.

Secretary General Guterres, who hosted the meeting, said in his opening remarks that “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline” during “their most perilous hour.”

“The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country — all at once,” he said.

The UN says humanitarian aid money would go to maintain medical services, the water supply and sanitation for millions of Afghans. Additionally, funding would support women and children and set up educational projects.

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