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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel chairs the United Nations meeting on the Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, chaired the United Nations meeting on the Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29, 2019 in Vienna.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel delivered a statement on behalf of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and emphasized the fully implementation of UN Resolution 181, adopted on November 29, 1947 that partitioned the Palestine State into two sovereign adjoining states and further said it is indeed discouraging that we must still gather every year to remind the world that the promise of the United Nations remains unfulfilled.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also said that the Palestinian people do not need only sympathy with their plight and solidarity with their just cause, but real political support and credible political prospects for the independence of their state. They need real partners ready to implement what the General Assembly and the Security Council have affirmed countless times since the passing the resolution 181 and ready to support the realization of their inalienable rights. She also emphasized that unhelpful unilateral measures and disrespect for relevant UN resolutions and international law has hindered our common goal: it is that of a just and lasting solution of two states living side by side in peace and security within the pre-1967 borders, and with East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine.

In continuation, by delivering national statements, representatives from 46 member states and permanent observers, as well as officials from the host country, Executive secretary of CTBTO, and representatives from League of Arab States, UNROD, OFID, OPEC, UNODC, IAEA, NGOs, other invited guests and staff members, overall approximately 110 participants attended the meeting.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is annually held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as at the United Nations offices at Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel takes part in OSCE Ambassadorial visit to Central Asia

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participated in the Ambassadorial Trip to the three OSCE participating States of Central Asia, namely Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Joint efforts in achieving common goals like addressing transnational threats and challenges, promoting economic prosperity and connectivity, advancing the rule of law, as well as contributing to the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan, remain as key priorities of Central Asian states.

In Dushanbe, the programme included meetings with the Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda and the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, as well as a visit to the OSCE Border Management Staff College. Over recent months and years, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stepped up their co-operation in a broad range of areas, both bilaterally and in the multilateral framework of the OSCE.

During her visit, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended Tajikistan for hosting the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in Dushanbe. The resulting Dushanbe Declaration pledged support to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked all the efforts carried out by both the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) towards essential technical assistance and capacity building for Afghan stakeholders.

The visit to Nur-Sultan was enriched by a Roundtable on Afghanistan that provided an excellent opportunity to facilitate discussion on a multi-year strategic perspective for enhancing the OSCE partnership with Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel greatly welcomed Kazakhstan’s efforts in bringing back Afghanistan to the OSCE Agenda, in line with the 2010 OSCE Kazakhstan Chairmanship. H.E. Idrees Zaman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was also in attendance and reached out to friends of Afghanistan and High senior officials to promote regional cooperation. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the OSCE, Central Asian permanent delegations, the international and regional organizations for their cooperation and support and was grateful to the friends and allies for their contribution and assistance towards the stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

In Tashkent, meetings with the Chairperson of the Senate, representatives of National Center on Human Rights, National Electoral Commission, Agency of Information and Mass communication, as well as a round table on freedom of the media in Uzbekistan in Samarkand were panned.  Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked Uzbekistan for hosting a high-level international conference on Afghanistan on 26 and 27 March 2018 entitled “The peace process, security cooperation, and regional cooperation”, as conducting such a multilateral event for the first time in Uzbekistan shows President Mirziyoyev’s interest in engaging more closely with Afghanistan, not solely on a bilateral basis.

 

Youth Leaders from Afghanistan at ‘Educating for the Rule of Law’ international conference at UNODC Headquarters

Youth leaders from Afghanistan participated today at the high-level conference ‘Educating for the Rule of Law’ launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Organized by the Education for Justice initiative (E4J), the three-day conference will showcase, explore and discuss the numerous educational tools developed together with academics around the world, which contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 4, SDG 16 and SDG 17.

Three youth leaders represented the NGO Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan (HELA). An NGO exclusively dedicated to organizing Model United Nations conferences in Afghanistan. The purpose of participation for HELA delegation at the E4J high-level conference is to work on creating a global network of organizations that have missions aligned to the mission of HELA organization. Implementing new projects in Afghanistan that will help achieving the sustainable development goals is of the highest priority.

With its Women’s Empowerment Program, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens also brought young female Afghan leaders to the Conference, addressing challenges women face in facilitating women’s empowerment and women involvement is decision-making processes that impact the world sustainably.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel who is a strong promoter of gender equality has been actively involved to explore initiatives for Afghan youth. Her discussion with relevant authorities and officials to focus on Afghan youth brought groups of girls and boys to get educated and take part in the fellowship programmes, such as the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s first women empowerment program with a regional focus on Asia.

This fellowship is a platform for Afghans youth to be heard and join other female change-makers from Asia on global citizenship. It gives the opportunity to share experiences related to gender equality as a global agenda and a cross-cutting topic.

The conference was also attended by Mr. Sayed Zaman Hashemi, Legal Director General from the Ministry of Justice in Afghanistan. Ministries of Justice, Education and Interior have the important task to promote a culture of lawfulness and the rule of law and building the capacity of educators to equip students with the ability to address issues that can undermine the rule of law.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presents Letters of Credence to the President of the Republic of Hungary

On Friday, 04 October 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence and the Letters of Recall of her predecessor, Mr. Najibullah Alikhel, to His Excellency Mr. János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary. This marked the starting point of her tenure as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Hungary. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed H.E. President Ghani’s strong commitment for enhancing the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Hungary and pledged her full cooperation to strengthen their friendly relations. She expressed Afghanistan’s desire in strengthening relations, particularly in the areas of education, economic, water management, youth, and women empowerment.

Before the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel presented the copies of her Credential Letters as Non-Resident Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Hungary, to Ms. Edina Pásztor, Chief of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

During her visit to Budapest, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with the Director-General of the Asia-Pacific Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Dr. Péter Jakab. Dr. Jakab welcomed Ambassador and her accompanying team to Budapest and briefed the Ambassador on his job portfolio and the meetings organized in the margin of the presentation of Credential Letters scheduled on 4th October. Subsequently, they discussed topics of mutual interest in different areas for strengthening the bilateral relations among both countries.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also had the chance to meet with Deputy State Secretary for the Development of Relations with the South of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, H.E. László Váradi. They discussed topics of mutual interests and emphasized on deepening of bilateral relations in the areas of education, agriculture, water management, women empowerment, youth, and parliamentary exchanges.

Lastly, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel met with the Head of State Secretariat for the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy and the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme, Mr. Miklós Lengyel, where they discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations in the area of education and preliminary steps for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.

Global Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel welcomed and thanked Ambassador Nasir Andisha who took the time to attend the first global Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare. At the Conference, Ambassador Andisha shared the perspective of the government of the Islamic Republic of  Afghanistan with the audience, which included representatives of several States, international organizations, civil society, and survivors.

The goal of the Conference was to draw attention to the urgent need to better protect civilians in Urban Warfare; to better support the efforts of States to develop a political declaration as well as operational policies in conformity with international humanitarian law; to strengthen the collection of data on civilian casualties; to identify and share good practices for mitigating the risk of civilian harm; to call on all parties to armed conflicts to take combat outside of populated areas and to appeal to States for adopting policies and practices to avoid the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area.

Ambassador Andisha explained to the participants of the Conference about the National Civilian Causality Prevention and Mitigation Policy of Afghanistan, which was adopted in 2017 and implemented since then. He assured of the Government’s full implementation of the policy and the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces’s fully adherence to its provisions as well as the principles and norms of International Humanitarian Law.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with the Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Dr. Michael Spindelegger

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with the Director-General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Dr. Michael Spindelegger, for a highly productive exchange.

The Government of Afghanistan and ICMPD enjoy an excellent and longstanding relation. The excellent collaboration between Afghanistan and the organization dates back to 2010. ICMPD serves as a platform for informal consultations, provides expertise and services in the area of multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues, and promotes innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. Afghanistan, like many other countries, counts the ICMPD as one of its stalwart supporters in the area of refugees and migration.

The ICMPD also plays host to the annual Vienna Migration Conference (VMC). Ambassador wished the best of luck to all ICMPD staff for the preparatory activities and processes leading up to the VMC of 2019, where the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan plans to be in attendance.

Ambassador thanked the Director-General Michael Spindelegger and his dedicated team for their efforts and continuous engagement and stated her sincere desire to further strengthen the cordial relations, both personal and official between ICMPD and the Afghan mission.

Exhibitions by Member States during the 63rd IAEA General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the many Side Events and Exhibitions scheduled during the 63rd IAEA General Conference.

Numerous exhibitions were organized by the IAEA Member States, organizations and the IAEA Secretariat. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel took an active role in personally visiting each booth and shared the needs and priorities of Afghanistan and advised the Mission team to follow-up the cooperation and the offered services by each Member States. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended their efforts for ensuring the peaceful and safe use of nuclear science and technology for global sustainable development.

The IAEA 63rd General Conference and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Afghanistan

The 63rd IAEA General Conference started with the successful completion of a new Country Programme Framework for Afghanistan for the next six years, which was signed by Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel and Deputy Director-General Dazhu Yang on the margins of the General Conference. The new Country Programme Framework represents a key success for this Conference and for Afghanistan.

During the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference, Dr. Tahir Sharan, Director-General of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission, delivered the National statement to thank and appreciate the efforts of the IAEA for their cooperation and support to Afghanistan. In this occasion, Dr. Tahir Sharan, paid tribute to the late Director-General, Mr. Yukiya Amano for his strong leadership over the past years and express our heartfelt condolences for his passing away. Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country. Afghanistan was among the first founding members of IAEA in 1957, and since then has benefitted from the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme in different priority areas. The new Framework will serve as a key instrument for strengthening technical cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the Secretariat.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the many Side Events scheduled during the General Conference. The event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women provided an insightful review on the pivotal role of nuclear techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, particularly in women. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this important event to stand for women empowerment, health equality and to discuss IAEA support for Afghanistan priorities.

Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended and spoke at the Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme. In her intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the importance of the IAEA technical cooperation programme and the Office of Legal Affairs’ support for Afghanistan in developing and maintaining national legal frameworks for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology. As a founding member of the IAEA in 1957, Afghanistan has started to benefit from the Agency’s excellent cooperation as early as its establishment. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel called on all Member States to share their views on past experiences, benefits, and lesson learned from the IAEA technical cooperation activities.

The IAEA General Conference was enriched by exhibitions organized by the numerous Member States, organizations and the IAEA Secretariat. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel took an active role in personally visiting each booth and shared the needs and priorities of Afghanistan and advised the Mission team to follow-up the cooperation and the offered services by each Member States. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended their efforts for ensuring the peaceful and safe use of nuclear science and technology for global sustainable development.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme: Addressing Member State’s Needs, on the margins of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended and spoke at the Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme, which took place on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference. In her intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the importance of the IAEA technical cooperation programme and the Office of Legal Affairs’ support for Afghanistan in developing and maintaining national legal frameworks for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

As a founding member of the IAEA in 1957, Afghanistan has started to benefit from the Agency’s excellent cooperation as early as its establishment. Over the past few years Afghanistan has been able to benefit from the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme in different priority areas. Today we keep benefitting from the IAEA’s support through a new Country Programme Framework for the next six years for Afghanistan that has been signed at the margins of the IAEA General Conference.

Afghanistan has also received IAEA assistance for developing and revising Afghanistan’s Nuclear Energy Act, which was approved by Afghan parliament in 2017.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel concluded her remarks by thanking the IAEA, friend and allies for their contribution and continuous support to Afghanistan and called on all Member States to share their views on past experiences, benefits and lesson learned from the IAEA technical cooperation activities.

 

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Side Event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women on the margins of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attends side event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women, which took place on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference. Experts at the event reviewed the pivotal role of nuclear techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, particularly in women. Panellists discussed the importance of recognizing the atypical symptoms of cardiovascular diseases in women for treatment and diagnosis.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this important event to stand for women empowerment and health equality. We need to empower women, society at large, health care providers and the medical community to reach health equality.

IAEA support is essential for providing better diagnostic care, providing training in medical imaging in cardiology and strengthening clinical standards, educational resources and opportunities for Afghan specialists.