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President Ghani celebrates World Environment Day



On 5 June citizens across the planet celebrated World Environment Day. Established by the United Nations in 1972, the day is celebrated yearly to increase global awareness towards the environment and to encourage taking positive actions for its protection.

This year, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani marked the occasion by participating in a cleaning drive in downtown Kabul. Donning an orange uniform, President Ghani worked alongside members of civil society, the youth and other Kabul Municipality employees to clean up the streets.

For more information on President Ghani’s efforts to protect Afghanistan’s environment, please see the official website of the Office of the President:

H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani participates in the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC

با وزیر امور خارجه امارات با وزیر امور خارجه ایران وزیر امور خارجه با وزیر خاجه ازبکستان





Vienna, 29.05.2015

H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani participated in the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Kuwait on 27 and 28 May 2015 under the title “Joint Vision to Strengthen Tolerance and Reject Terrorism”. In his statement, the Minister stated that efforts to combat terrorism must be redoubled and that both closer collaboration and a holistic approach are required to effectively counter this global menace. He highlighted the need for ending financial and logistical support for terrorist groups, a feasible strategy to counter ideologies that may lead to radicalization and terrorism, and called for empowerment of youth. Minister Rabbani also quoted H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani: “We are dealing with terror as a systematic phenomenon; it is becoming more lethal, more organized and more resourced. Therefore, it requires from all of us a common understanding, because without understanding this, we will not be able to fashion strategies to combat it.”

Minister Rabbani also recalled that Afghanistan has been a prime victim of terrorism and that the overall situation in the Muslim World continues to remain critical, demanding urgent attention. At the same time, the Foreign Minister noted that 2014 marked a critically important year in Afghanistan, with the successful conclusion of the security and political transitions and the successful holding of the Presidential elections. With reference to the work of the newly formed National Unity Government of Afghanistan, the Minister said: “We are working diligently to address the challenges facing us, and to utilize the many opportunities in front of us to secure peace and stability in Afghanistan and in our region.”

At the margins of the conference, Minister Rabbani met with the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as with the Foreign Minister of the I.R. of Iran, H.E. Mohammad Jawad Zareef.


Consulate Closed 27-28 May, 2015

Please note that the Consulate will be closed from 27-28 May, 2015 (Wednesday and Thursday).

The Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and the United States of America co-organize a panel discussion on women’s empowerment

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Vienna, 21.05.2015

This afternoon the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and the United States of America co-organized a panel discussion at the Vienna International Centre entitled: “Empowerment of Women – A Prerequisite for Development and Stability in Afghanistan”. Representing Afghanistan on the panel were Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan H.E. Dilbar Nazari, H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani, and MP of the Afghan Parliament’s Upper House Ms. Sedeqa Balkhi. They were joined by Dr. Ana Lukatela of the OSCE Gender Section and Minister-Counsellor Eugene Young of the United States Embassy in Vienna.

Ambassador Erfani offered opening remarks on the occasion, emphasizing the importance of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and expressing appreciation that the United Nations will continue to stand by Afghanistan to assist in implementation of legal instruments in the area of women’s rights. He was followed by Minister Nazari who spoke on the achievements of Afghanistan over the last years as well as the challenges which the country still faces. She highlighted that women’s role in the reconciliation process must be strengthened, and outlined the red lines for negotiations in the National Unity Government, including: ensuring transparency and female participation, preserving women’s rights, sustaining achievements already made, and preserving Chapter 2 of the Constitution. MP Ms. Sedeqa Balkhi further elaborated on the subject, explaining the role of women in the Parliament and assuring the participants that women and men participate equally in both houses.

The panel ended with a question and answer session moderated by Ambassador Erfani and Mr. Young.

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H.E. Dilbar Nazari updates the OSCE Permanent Council on progress in the area of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan






Vienna, 21.05.2015

This morning H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, addressed a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. Speaking about the achievements in the area of women’s empowerment over the last years, the Minister highlighted legal achievements such as the passing of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women and quota system which ensures women’s political participation, as well as societal achievements such as the increased number of women working in the health and education sectors.

Ms. Nazari went on to address the challenges currently facing women in the country and to emphasize that the National Unity Government continues to make every effort to honor its international commitments towards women’s rights. By putting into place the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, further efforts will be extended in order to increase the participation of women in these areas.

Concluding her remarks, the Minister expressed her appreciation to Afghanistan’s international partners for their support to Afghan women. She called on continued support going forward, and stated her expectation of increased cooperation between Afghanistan and the OSCE going forward.

Prior to the meeting, the Minister met with the Secretary General of the OSCE, H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Zannier.

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The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna hosts a breakfast meeting of the Women Ambassadors in Wien

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Vienna, 20.05.2015

This morning, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the Permanent Missions of Turkey, Pakistan and the European Union, hosted a breakfast meeting of the Women Ambassadors in Wien (WAW) on the occasion of the Vienna visit of H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan. The meeting was attended by a delegation of women from different bodies of the Afghan government, as well as many Vienna-based Permanent Representatives.

H.E. Ambassador Erfani opened the meeting by reaffirming the National Unity Government of Afghanistan’s commitment to the empowerment of women, and lauded the Women Ambassadors in Wien for their good work in Vienna. The Ambassador further welcomed the Minister and her delegation, stating that he looked forward to many productive meetings and events. He then opened the floor to Ms. Nazari who spoke on the role of women in Afghanistan and highlighted the progress being made in the area of women’s affairs.


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The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan is seeking new interns!

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan is now seeking interns for the late summer of 2015. Tasks and responsibilities of the position include: active participation in a large variety of formal and informal meetings (as required) and consultations at the international organizations of the UN and OSCE, working groups, seminars and conferences, to be followed by debriefing/reporting; monitoring of developments in both Austria and Afghanistan; assistance with the preparation for meetings, visits and conferences/seminars (background information, file preparation/brief, networking); drafting of notes and reports for the Embassy as well as the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Afghan authorities and other relevant actors.

Applicants should be fluent in English, enrolled in a relevant University degree program (international relations, security issues, international economics, law, political sciences, or related subjects) and under 30 years of age. Further desired qualifications included: experience in drafting reports, with emphasis on excellent synthesis capabilities and an eye for practical aspects; previous internship experience with international institutions would be an asset; proven analytical skills, team spirit and flexibility also great assets; other languages are highly valued (Farsi, Pashtu and/or German) ;Microsoft Office and other IT software; high-level of motivation and dedication.

The 3 month internship is full time and unpaid. No benefits, compensation, or guarantee of future employment are associated with this internship. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2015.

Interested students should submit a CV and letter of motivation to

Consulate as well as Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna closed April 28

Please note: the Consulate as well as the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna will be closed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

We will reopen again on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

H.E. Ambassador Erfani briefs the international community in Vienna on Afghanistan’s counterterrorism achievements


Vienna, 22.04.2015

Today the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan held a roundtable entitled “Briefing on the Joint Plan of Action 2014 – 2016 for the Implementation of Technical Assistance Activities to Support the Efforts of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the area of Preventing and Countering Terrorism” at the Vienna International Center, co-organized with the UNODC.  Ambassador Ayoob Erfani sat on the panel alongside Mr. Trevor Michael Rajah, Chief of the Terrorism Prevention Branch, and Ms. Dolgor Solongo, Officer in Charge of Implementation Support Section I. Opening the briefing, the Ambassador gave a talk on counterterrorism efforts and achievements in Afghanistan, as well as essential future steps for the country.

Highlighting the importance of combatting the global challenge of terrorism, Ambassador Erfani praised the international community for its support in Afghanistan. Speaking systemically, he pointed out the progress made on national, regional and international levels. With important legislative and institutional achievements made in Afghanistan, strong regional efforts via the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process, and accession to all relevant conventions and mechanisms, the country is working hard to improve the safety and security situation for the sake of its citizens.

Pointing to the many challenges ahead, the Ambassador commented on the importance of pursuing a comprehensive, integrated and balanced approach in combatting terrorism by addressing relevant socio-economic factors, including the impact of the narcotics trade on funding terrorist activity and the role which women have to play in this arena. The Ambassador expressed the National Unity Government of Afghanistan’s commitment to addressing all the challenges ahead and the support of the Afghan people for these efforts.

Ambassador Erfani was followed by Mr. Trevor Michael Rajah who commented on the achievements of the Joint Plan of Action and stated UNODC’s commitment to continuing to assist Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. Concluding the presentations, Ms. Dolgor Solongo presented Ambassador Erfani with completed translations of the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations into Dari and Pashto.

In his concluding remarks, Ambassador Erfani thanked the friends and partners of Afghanistan in the audience, and called on the continued support of the international community going forward.



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H.E. Ambassador Erfani welcomes the Afghan community in Vienna to denounce the kidnapping of 31 Afghans by anti-governmental elements

Vienna, 10.04.2015

Today, H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani met with representatives of the Afghan community in Vienna who had gathered together for a peaceful demonstration, demanding the release of the 31 kidnapped Afghans who were removed from buses travelling through Zabul Province on 22 February. Condemning the act, Ambassador Erfani assured the Afghan community representatives in Austria that the National Unity Government of Afghanistan is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of all citizens of Afghanistan, providing security for the people of Afghanistan and ensuring that their rights are not infringed upon. He reaffirmed Afghanistan’s commitment to all international Instruments and Conventions and their implementation, including the refusal to pay ransoms to terrorist groups.

Emphasizing that this was not an ethnically-motivated act, Ambassador Erfani stated that such criminal acts committed by these anti-governmental groups are only driven by a desire to do harm to the Afghan people as a whole. It is important that all ethnic groups in Afghanistan are strongly united and stand in solidarity against such actions.

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