Ambassador Ebrahimkhel Delivers a Statement at WIIS Conference on Women, Peace and Security & the Future of Disarmament
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel delivered a virtual statement for the Vienna Conference on Women, Peace and the Future of Disarmament on Thursday, the 22nd of October. The conference was organized by Women in International Security Austria (WIIS) in cooperation with the International Institute for Peace, and the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and focused on bridging the seemingly unconnected issues of Women, Peace and Security, with that of disarmament and nuclear nonproliferation.
The topic of the conference was especially relevant given that this year marks both the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace in Beijing, and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
In her virtual statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel reiterates the importance of the participation of women in decision-making regarding topics of peace and security. She elaborates by stating that Afghanistan has developed, and is on the second phase of implementation of, a National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security, which focuses on women empowerment by concentrating on four pillars: participation, protection, prevention, and relief and recovery. The success of the NAP can be attributed to the way it brought together all societal stakeholders – civil society, local persons and the international community – in its formulation.
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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with UNIDO Director-General Li Yong on Friday, the 16th of October. In this productive meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, particularly regarding steps to strengthen support of COVID-19 funds from UNIDO member states and the establishment of online training programs for young Afghan diplomats.
Additionally, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel discussed the possibility of extending UNIDO’s Country Programme for Afghanistan by one-year, and proposed a phone call between Director-General Li Yong and Ms. Karima Hamid Faryabi, Minister of Economy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will commit to properly describe what priorities must be considered in the formulation of a new Country Programme for Afghanistan.
Lastly, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed gratitude for the new cooperation between Afghanistan and UNIDO in the framework of the International Gender Champions initiative. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel will be co-leading the ICG Vienna Representation Impact Group, together with the UNIDO Director-General Li Yong and the Ambassador of Finland.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel Calls for Stronger International Cooperation in addressing Terrorism on 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties
Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel delivered a statement at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) held from the 12th to the 16th of October.
The tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNOTC was opened by H.E. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who called for the COVID-19 crisis to be viewed as an accelerating factor of criminal activity, and for governments to use a multilateral approach in combating organized crime. The opening session was also addressed by Alessandro Cortese, Permanent Representative of Italy, and outgoing President of the 9th session, Mohamed El-Molla, Permanent Representative of Egypt, and other high-level speakers.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel stated that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan upholds international cooperation and multilateralism as a way of finding global solutions to various forms of organized crime and enhance cooperation with international partners, such as the UNODC, to deal with issues like terrorism, corruption, trafficking of persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking of cultural property.
On the topic of terrorism, the Ambassador stated that terrorism, in its various forms and manifestations, continues to threaten the security and stability of our societies. Because Afghanistan has been the prime victim of terrorism for many years now, intensified efforts are required to strengthen border cooperation, information sharing, and judicial cooperation, including in the areas of extradition, and legal assistance at the sub-regional, regional, and international levels. Due to the transnational nature of terrorism, international cooperation remains key in addressing various aspects of terrorism, and in this context, we believe that countering terrorism needs to remain an area of focus within the United Nations, including under the Conference of Parties to the UNTOC, the Crime Congress and the CPPCJ.
In her closing statement, the Ambassador reiterated that the UNTOC remains an important international instrument in addressing various forms of transnational organized crime, but a shortage of capacity in the implementation of the convection remains a major challenge for most states. The Ambassador stated that a well-established review mechanism would be able to assist State parties in identifying capacity-building needs in the implementation of the convection.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel Urges for Genuine Partnerships and Multilateral Responses as a Means to Respond to Global Security Challenges
Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel delivered a statement at the 2020 OSCE Asian Conference on Multilateral Responses to the Global Security Challenges held on the 12th and 13th of October. The conference was co-hosted by the Republic of Korea and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the participation of Lee Taeho, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. The conference also hosted the participation of Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Director-General for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation at the Office of National Security in Kabul, as a panelist. This event celebrated the 25th anniversary of the OSCE Asian Partnership.
In her statement, the Ambassador stated that regional cooperation remains key in addressing regional challenges and threats in Asia. Afghanistan, being located on the Eurasian land bridge, possesses, historically and contemporarily, a key strategic geographical position connecting Central and South Asia to Europe. Afghanistan’s strategic position and geography allows for the opportunity of integrating Central, West, East and South Asia into a network that supports stability and prosperity over a vast area of the world’s surface.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel affirmed that only by reinvigorating our cooperation and multilateral responses will we [Asian Partners for Co-operation in the OSCE] be able to stay relevant in this rapidly changing global, political, economic, social and humanitarian landscape. She continued by commending the progress achieved so far by the Asian Partners for Co-operations group in the OSCE, and stated that Afghanistan is committed to developing and strengthening long-term cooperation with the OSCE to better tackle global security challenges.
Director-General Ahmad Shuja Jamal participated as a panelist under “Session 1: Regional Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and Exchanges of Best Practices between Europe and Asia”. He particularly covered one dimension of security: regional confidence and security-building measures, a recurring theme for the OSCE Asian Partnership.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes to inform on Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee’s new position
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna has the honor to inform that our colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee, Second Secretary, is now in charge of Consular Affairs.
Previously, Mr. Faruhee was responsible for covering all matters pertaining to the IAEA and CTBTO Affairs. Before coming to Vienna he has worked in different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan will greatly benefit from his knowledge and expertise.
Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the sixty-fourth session the IAEA General Conference together with the participation of Dr. Tahir Shaaran, Director-General of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission.
The 64th IAEA General Conference started with the opening statement of the IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi, which stated that the IAEA continues to work arduously to prevent the misuse of nuclear material during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the equipment contributions the IAEA has made for combating the coronavirus.
During the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference, Dr. Tahir Sharan, Director-General of Afghanistan’s Atomic Energy High Commission delivered a statement thanking the IAEA, and its Director-General H.E Rafael Mariano Grossi, for the efforts made in supporting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of the IAEA, the Afghanistan National Nuclear Regulatory Authority has managed to finalize three regulations on licensing, transportation, and nuclear waste. Additionally, Dr. Tahir Sharan spotlighted that Afghanistan, with the support of its main implementing partner, Afghanistan Nuclear Energy Agency, has started to implement the projects defined in the Country Programme Framework signed at the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference last year. The projects will last until 2023 and center around Radiation Safety Infrastructure, Food and Agriculture, Human Health and Nutrition, and Human Capital Development.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel participated in a plethora of Side Events scheduled at this year’s General Conference. The event “A Global Voice on Gender Equality in Nuclear: The Role of the IAEA” illustrated the importance of equal representation in the nuclear sector and of challenging the status quo to build a better future for all. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this important event to support and speak to the new generation of Afghan women leaders in nuclear science and technology and assured Afghanistan’s full support to the launch of the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship Programme.
Additionally, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended the IAEA-IsDB’s (Islamic Development Bank) event on the initiative “Saving Women’s Lives From Cancer”. The initiative expands comprehensive cancer care for women affected by cervical and breast cancer in the world’s poorest countries. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this side event to state the importance of providing technical support to developing countries to combat breast cancer. One of the main priorities of the strategic plan of the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna is strengthening technical cooperation in the area of health, health for Afghan women, and general cancer support treatments for Afghanistan. IAEA support for Afghanistan in the areas of capacity building and training in areas related to cervical and breast cancer is of utmost importance.
OSCE Chairmanship Counter Terrorism Conference on Effective Partnership against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism
Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the 2020 Albanian Chairmanship OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference together with the remote participation of Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Director General for International Relations and Regional Cooperation, on behalf of Dr. Hamdullah Mohib National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The conference was opened by several high-level key-note speakers, such as Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, H.E. Gent Cakaj; UN Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov; Minister of State for Security, UK Home Office, Rt Hon James Brokenshire and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Marina Sereni.
The conference offered five sessions on different approaches to strengthening co-operation on counter-terrorism matters and violent extremism; among government agencies, with international partners, as well as engaging the business community and civil society.
Director General Ahmad Shuja Jamal, in the first session, delivered his statement virtually via Zoom on behalf of Dr. Hamdullah Mohib National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In his statement, he stated that in Afghanistan, our problem with radical extremism is more from the threat of imported ideologies of radicalism and the inflow of already radicalized, violent individuals from other geographies. Afghanistan has increased regional cooperation and entered into dialogue with its neighbors in order to improve compliance and counter the proliferation of not just violent ideologies but also violent means and methods. Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal reminded the audience that terrorism is transnational in nature and needs solutions at the regional and global level. The OSCE is an important forum to address counter-terrorism efforts and its root causes.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel has arranged a series of meetings with Afghan Doctors situated in Vienna to act as a bridge Afghanistan and the Afghan doctors in Vienna.
The diaspora is an essential part of the development of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel encourages Afghan Doctors situated in Vienna to also support Afghanistan in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.
H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel mobilized support to encourage direct cooperation between Afghan Doctors situated in Vienna and the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan in the area of trainings, equipment and medical data.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Dr. Friedrich Schwank, Head of Afghan-Austrian Association
Today, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Friedrich Schwank, Head of Afghan-Austrian Association, to jointly review and identify possible areas of cooperation in the field of Afghan Education.
The Austria-Afghanistan Society is an excellent example of a strong cooperation between Afghanistan and Austria. The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna too strongly supports and promotes the cultural and social exchange between our two countries.
Encouraging and funding education is a direct contribution towards the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. Investing in human capital is investing in the future of Afghanistan. Our youth is a moving reality for Afghanistan and a source of hope for the future.