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Charge D’Affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak virtuall Meeting with UNIDO Chief of Asia & the Pacific Division, Mr. Ralf Bredel

Charge D’Affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak met virtually United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Chief of Asia & the Pacific Division, Mr. Ralf Bredel. During the meeting there have been discussed the priorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which have to be considered in extending /formulating a new Country Programme for Afghanistan.

 

Charge D’Affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak meeting with Deputy Director General & Head of department of Technical Cooperation of IAEA, Mr Dazhu Yang, Director of TC division for Asia & the Pacific, Ms. Jane Gerardo-Abay & ALP Mr. Massoud Malek

Charge D’Affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak met Deputy Director General & Head of department of Technical Cooperation of IAEA, Mr Dazhu Yang, Director of TC division for Asia & the Pacific, Ms. Jane Gerardo-Abay & ALP Mr. Massoud Malek. They discussed the capacity building, training of Afghan Scientists & supporting the national capacity in nuclear & radiation techniques.

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Chargé d’affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak virtual courtesy call with the Chief of Protocol of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, H.E Enno Drofenik

Chargé d’affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak had a virtual courtesy call with the Chief of Protocol of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, H.E Enno Drofenik. Both sides discussed matters of mutual interest & ways to strengthen friendly and cooperative bilateral relationship.

Chargé d’affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak met the owner of Kabul Lapis Art

Chargé d’affaires Fazull Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak met the owner of Kabul Lapis Art, Mr. Haji Aref Anwari who donated an Afghan Carpet & lapis Lazuli to the Cultural Room of the Embassy and discussed the establishment of the Afghan-Austrian Chamber of Commerce for bringing together the companies to invest in Afghanistan.

Establishment of a Joint Commission for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, chaired by H.E Professor Danish, the Second Vice-President of Afghanistan.

Establishment of a Joint Commission for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, chaired by H.E Professor Danish, the Second Vice-President of Afghanistan.

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.

Watch Ambassador Ebrahimkhel’s Statement on the following social media platforms:

Youtube: https://youtu.be/1QgLwKwhqrI

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6724389501076090880

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3457058247721227

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel Meets with UNIDO Director-General Li Yong

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.