H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends New Year’s Reception hosted by Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, introducing Madam Ambassador as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UNIDO. The organization was created in 1966 as a special organ of the UN and was converted to a UN Specialized Agency in 1985, when also Afghanistan became a member. Since then, UNIDO has supported Afghanistan towards poverty reduction, rural development, strengthened export and trade capacities, agro-business, creation of employment opportunities, industrial governance, private sector development and environment management. Last year, Afghanistan and UNIDO signed a new Country Programming Framework (CPF), which is aligned with Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework 2017-2021. The CPF shall make a meaningful contribution towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Afghanistan, and shall promote the creation of jobs, resource efficiency and green industry. UNIDO and Afghanistan also cooperate on improving the situation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), as well as towards regional and inter-regional connectivity with Afghanistan — a free market economy offering vast opportunities for investment and trade — being located at the crossroads of the Eurasian land bridge, in the Heart of Asia.
H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani participated in the 24th Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Vienna, 8 December 2017 / Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani headed the delegation of Afghanistan to the 24th Ministerial Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), held at Vienna’s Imperial Palace Hofburg on 7 and 8 December.
Minister Rabbani also engaged in a number of bilateral meetings: He met the 2017 Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz; the Secretary General of the OSCE, Thomas Greminger; Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation; Foreign Minister Sirodjidin Aslov of the Republic of Tajikistan; as well as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Sven Mikser. Estonia is currently presiding over the Council of the European Union.
In his statement before the Ministerial Council, the Minister expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome in the beautiful city of Vienna and congratulated Austria upon the excellent work done during the 2017 OSCE Chairmanship. He commended the OSCE Secretariat led by Thomas Greminger for the continued strong support for Afghanistan and emphasized the intention to further deepen and broaden the co-operation between his country and the OSCE. Areas of mutual interest include the common fight against the daunting and intertwined challenges of terrorism and illicit drugs, in line with the principle of shared responsibility, as well as joint efforts towards enhanced regional connectivity and trade across the Eurasian land-bridge.
Afghanistan became a Partner for Co-operation of the OSCE in 2003 and has benefitted from a number of OSCE programmes and projects for Afghan stakeholders, implemented at various OSCE field operations.
Following the Ministerial meeting, the Foreign Minister paid a visit to Vienna’s Albertina museum, which houses 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO-PrepCom). The Ambassador now also serves as Permanent Representative to the CTBTO-PrepCom, an independent international organization within the UN family, having signed a Relationship Agreement with the UN in 2000. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was created to guarantee a world free forever of nuclear testing. Afghanistan fervently supports this goal and signed and ratified the CTBT in 2003 and continuously promotes the entry-into-force of the Treaty, which needs to be signed and ratified by 44 specific nuclear technology holder countries, with 8 of them still pending — hence the appendix “Preparatory Commission”. Nonetheless, the CTBT has already created a de facto norm against nuclear testing: While more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions were carried out between 1945 and 1996, including in the neighborhood of Afghanistan, only half a dozen tests took place since the CTBT was created in 1996. Afghanistan has profited from the organization’s training workshops and similar programmes for stakeholders from developing countries. Furthermore, the International Monitoring System of the CTBTO-PrepCom can also be used for civilian purposes, such as early-warning in the event of earthquakes and similar natural disasters. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel and the entire team at the Permanent Mission look forward to strengthened cooperation between the CTBTO-PrepCom and Afghanistan.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. Yury Fedotov, UNOV Director General and UNODC Executive Secretary
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Yury Fedotov, Director General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), introducing Madam Ambassador as Permanent Representative. Afghanistan closely cooperates with the UN programmes based in Vienna, including UNODC, INCB, SE4ALL, UNCITRAL and the Vienna offices of IOM, UNHCR and UNODA. As of 2018, Afghanistan will be a member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), two functional commissions of ECOSOC and administered by UNODC. UNODC has also rolled out numerous projects for Afghan stakeholders over the past 15 years. The INCB is an independent expert body that promotes Governments’ compliance with the international drug control conventions, while ensuring availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes. The SE4ALL works to accomplish universal access to sustainable energy, bringing together partners from the governments, private sector and civil society. UNCITRAL promotes world trade by harmonizing national regulations and removing certain obstacles to the flow of international trade. The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna proactively engages with all Vienna-based organizations towards progress in Afghanistan and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. OSCE Secretary General, Ambassador Thomas Greminger
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE. In her capacity as Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Madam Ambassador will foster and strengthen the excellent co-operation between Afghanistan and the OSCE, the world’s largest regional security organization, which is rooted in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE, Helsinki Final Act 1975), renamed to OSCE in 1995. Afghanistan joined the OSCE as a Partner for Co-operation in 2003, enjoying a special relationship with the organization, manifested by a large number of programmes and projects for Afghan stakeholders and declarations, which emphasized OSCE’s engagement with Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan benefit from the OSCE’s expertise and practical work on the ground: stimulation of the economy; regional connectivity; empowerment of women; freedom of the media; election support; addressing violent extremism; to name but a few. No effort will be spared to make full use of the offerings of the OSCE to accomplish sustainable progress in Afghanistan.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Credential Letters to H.E. Martin Kreutner, IACA Dean and Executive Secretary
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), based in Laxenburg/Lower Austria. Madam Ambassador now also serves as Permanent Representative of the I.R. of Afghanistan to IACA, which was established in 2010. Afghanistan acceded as a Party in 2013 and the Permanent Mission in Vienna is actively engaged in facilitating participation of Afghan stakeholders in IACA’s academic programmes and anti-corruption trainings. As an internationally renowned centre of excellence in anti-corruption and compliance, IACA provides essential capacity-building tools towards prevention and elimination of the global menace of corruption. The Permanent Mission shall make every effort to further advance our great collaboration with IACA and to provide additional opportunities for Afghan students, officials, and professionals from the private sector.