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Diplomacy and Commerce Austria shares the message of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Community
Diplomacy & Commerce Austria shares the message of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the international community.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna appeals to the international community for greater solidarity to Afghanistan at this critical time to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities.
Diplomacy and Commerce Austria Interviews H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Ambassador on COVID-19 pandemic
Diplomacy & Commerce Austria interviews H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador of Afghanistan in Vienna, to find out how the state of emergency has affected the work of the Embassy and their countries.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel says “The COVID 19 pandemic knows no borders and we attach great importance to the role of international organizations and the international community. Afghanistan now more than ever needs the support and cooperation of the international community in suppressing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
AFGHANISTAN IN THE URGENCY OF TACKLING THE PANDEMIC
A Message from the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Community
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is facing the extensive consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and has regularly been implementing measures to limit its spread. In this critical situation, the provision of assistance to the countries in need is essential. Afghanistan now more than ever needs the support and cooperation of the international community in suppressing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. read more
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER CEREMONY OF THE G-77 CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE VIENNA CHAPTER
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the Official Handover Ceremony of the G77 Chairmanship of the Vienna Chapter, on the 12th of March, in Vienna.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her appreciation for the support the outgoing Chairperson extended to Afghanistan during his tenure. She then proceeded to duly congratulate the newly appointed co-chairs. The Ambassador emphasized the great importance of Afghanistan, as one of the founding members of the G-77, places on the group’s efforts in the areas of development policies and multilateralism.
Ambassador Ebramikhel called for a strengthening of cooperation between the Member states. In this regard, she enumerated the areas currently at the forefront of Aghanistan’s agenda, which include the combating of the World Drug Problem, the elimination of poverty and the promotion of women’s rights. The Ambassador, moreover, expressed her gratitude to all staff members of the Vienna-based organizations who have been tirelessly working towards the development and implementation of programs for all Afghan stakeholders.
Afghanistan remains committed to the work of the G77 and extends the full cooperation of its Vienna delegation to the newly-appointed Co-chairs.
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL ATTENDED THE LAUNCHING EVENT OF THE IAEA MARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the launching event of the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship Programme, organized under the auspices of Director General H.E. Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, on the 9th of March in Vienna. The launching event attracted two renowned nuclear physicists, namely Marie-Curie’s grand-daughter, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, and Latin American winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science Karen Hallberg.
Having been named after Marie Sklodowska-Curie, twice Nobel Prize Winner, the fellowship Program aims to serve as a beacon of inspiration and encouragement for future female STEM leaders. Fellowships will be awarded annually and will reach exactly 100 female students per year. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel views this initiative as paramount to encouraging Afghan women to pursue a professional career in nuclear science and technology.
Afghanistan reiterates its gratitude for the continuous support of the IAEA to Afghanistan, particularly concerning IAEA-organized educational and training programs for Afghan stakeholders and reaffirms its commitment to gender equality and women empowerment. We remain optimistic about the future of Afghan women and hopeful that through continuous cooperation with the IAEA, significant progress will be made with regards to gender parity in the field of nuclear security.
THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN AND THE AFGHAN OPIATE TRADE PROJECT OF UNODC RESEARCH AND TREND ANALYSIS BRANCH ORGANIZED A SIDE EVENT UNDER THE 63RD SESSION OF THE CND
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Branch organized a side event in the margins of the 63rd session of the CND, on the 5th of March in Vienna. The event took the form of an insightful presentation of the key findings within a UNODC report titled “Voices of the Quchaqbar: Understanding Opiate Trafficking in Afghanistan from the Perspective of Drug Traffickers”.
In his opening speech, Deputy Minister Aurtuq expressed his appreciation for the unique structure of the UNODC Report. The Deputy Minister, moreover, emphasized his hope that the Report will serve to open up future avenues of collaboration between the UNODC and the Afghan counter-narcotics police.
The Deputy Vice Minister on Counter Narcotics of Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Fazel Wasit was also a panelist in the side event. He presented to the attendees the achievements of Afghanistan’s Counter-Narcotics Police in the last decade, which are significant and numerous. During his presentation, Mr. Wasit specifically highlighted the growing numbers of operations, seizures and the dismantling of labs the Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Police has successfully carried out from 2009 until 2019. Mr. Osman remains hopeful that the current achievements of the Counter Narcotics Police Force will be amplified in the years to come.
Ambassador Fana Khojesta Ebrahimkhel attended the side event, showcasing, thus, her gratitude for the continuous collaboration between the Government of Afghanistan and the UNODC Trend and Analysis Branch.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with the IAEA Director General, H.E. Rafael Mariano Grossi, on the 4th of March, in Vienna. The Director-General was appointed in his current role on the 3rd of December, 2019.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude for the support of the IAEA to Afghanistan with regard to technical assistance and cooperation activities. As the project which currently defines the cooperation of Afghanistan with the IAEA, Afghanistan’s Country Framework Programme for the period 2019-2023 should define future technical cooperation. Amidst the four main areas in which the Programme is expected to make a difference, human health was specifically mentioned during the meeting.
In the area of health, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel sheds light on the efforts of Afghanistan to combat cancer, which is showcased by the country’s efforts to establish a Radiology Diagnostic Center and a Radiotherapy Center. A faster advancement of these ongoing projects requires the continuous collaboration of all stakeholders in Afghanistan.
As two International Gender Champions, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel and H.E. Grossi delved into women’s rights issues at great length. The contribution of the Marie Curie Fellowship Programme in the further empowerment of Afghan women was specifically discussed. In light of this programme, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her support for educational and training programs for all Afghan stakeholders.
The meeting reiterated once again the deep-seated collaborative spirit between Afghanistan and the IAEA. It introduced new ideas for future cooperation initiatives between the two entities and cemented the commitment of Afghanistan and the Agency for their ongoing projects.