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H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, second vice-chair of the CCPCJ at its 29th session, addresses the integration segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity as Second Vice-Chair of the 29th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has been invited to participate in this year’s ECOSOC integration segment, as a panelist in the session on “Leaving no one behind in the context of COVID-19 and the decade of action and delivery”.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel states that in a time of this global unprecedented crisis, we should be guided first and foremost by the principle of “leaving no behind”. The need for a coordinated and joint multilateral response to prevent and counter transnational crime has never been more compelling. It is essential that the international community takes a joint response to ensure that efforts in the area of crime prevention mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on vulnerable members of society.

Recovering from the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to revisit the existing inequalities in the current development model that feed marginalization, gender-based violence and trafficking in persons – and we should most certainly make full use of this opportunity.

High-level conference on Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era – hosted by OSCE Albania Chairmanship

Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the high-level conference together with the remote participation of Ms. Ghezal Haris, Inspector General of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era was the focus of the OSCE Albanian Chairmanship high-level conference that took place on 6 and 7 July in Vienna.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Albania’s Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Edi Rama, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and the Albanian Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj opened the conference.

Ghada Fathi Waly, the Director-General/Executive Director of the UN Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addressed the high level panel.

Ms. Ghezal Haris delivered her statement on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan virtually via Zoom commending the Albanian 2020 Chairmanship for putting the fight against corruption a top priority in the OSCE’s agenda. She emphasized the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in combatting corruption. She outlined both legislative and structural reforms implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that helped significantly contain corruption in Afghanistan. She also underlined that digital technology has been at the core of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption reforms and will remain so in the next five years. The OSCE, through its field operations, is well-positioned to contribute to both national and regional efforts towards anti-corruption in Afghanistan.

Relevant high-level representatives from OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the main challenges and share best practices and lessons learned. The conference helped identify and implement anti-corruption approaches which strengthen democracy, the rule of law, economic development, stability and security with a focus on the use of new technologies.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities

 

The Islamic Republic (I.R.) of Afghanistan, like many OSCE participating States and Partners for co-operation States, is facing the wide-ranging consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In this critical situation, the provision of assistance to countries in need is essential. Afghanistan, now more than ever, needs the support and co-operation of the international community in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities.

Read more here: https://www.osce.org/chairmanship/454945

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

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.

THE AFGHANISTAN DELEGATION, LED BY Mr. MOHID HASHEM AURTAQ, PARTICIPATED IN THE 63RD SESSION OF THE CND

A delegation from Afghanistan, led by the Deputy Minister for Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan, Mr. Mohd Hashem Aurtaq, participated in the 63rd session of the Commission for Narcotic Drugs, CND, on the 2nd of March, in Vienna. The delegation was also comprised of H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel.

During the general debate section of the CND conference, Deputy Minister Aurtaq delivered a statement on the progress Afghanistan has already made as well as the challenges it still faces with regards to counter-narcotics efforts. He particularly emphasized the link between insecurity in Afghanistan and poppy cultivation. The Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation of the current work of Afghan Counter-Narcotics Authorities, who have, in recent years, managed to significantly decrease the amount of land hectors used for poppy cultivation. In this way, three more provinces in Afghanistan have become opium-free. The Deputy Minister further expressed his optimism that the operations, arrests and lab seizures by the Afghan Counter-Narcotics Authorities will continue to increase in future years.

In reiterating the commitment of Afghanistan to the work of the Commission of Counter Narcotics, the Deputy Minister called for further multifaceted, comprehensive and concerted actions by all Member States at the national, regional and international levels. In the same vein, Deputy Minister Aurtaq called for the continued support of the international community to Afghanistan’s tireless efforts in completely eradicating its national drug problem.

Through her attendance, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed her appreciation for the work of the Commission and her wish for a successful 63rd session. Her participation, moreover, points to the determination of Afghanistan to take on an active role throughout the week-long conference.

AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL HEADED THE DELEGATION OF AFGHANISTAN AT THE IAEA’S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR SECURITY (ICONS 2020)

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel headed the delegation of Afghanistan at the IAEA’s International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts (ICONS 2020) on February 10, 2020 in Vienna.

The conference, which attracted an unprecedented number of attendees, was the third in its kind that the IAEA organizes. It served as a forum for the facilitation of international dialogue on matters of nuclear security. One of the achievements of the conference was the unanimous adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, which reiterated all ratifying countries’ support to strengthen and sustain national and global nuclear security.

In her statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel highlighted some of the most impressive achievements the Government of Afghanistan has made in the area of nuclear security. The latest feat in this direction has been the signing of a new Country Programme Framework for the 2019-2023 period, a framework which was greatly facilitated by the ongoing technical cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the IAEA.

As pertaining to health, the Ambassador reiterated that Cancer remains at the forefront of Afghanistan’s health agenda. She expressed her hope that a further collaboration between the Agency, its member states as well as all other stakeholders in Afghanistan can facilitate Afghanistan’s efforts in establishing a Radiology Diagnostic Center at Aliabad hospital.

The Ambassador further emphasized her commitment to gender equality and women empowerment, a commitment which has recently been crowned by the Ambassador’s membership in the International Gender Champions. Among other gender-related initiatives, the Ambassador has recently spearheaded the establishment of Gender Task Force within the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna. This latter initiative stands perfectly in line with the Director General’s Mariano Grossi commitment on gender parity, a commitment Ambassador Ebrahimkhel fully supports.

H.E KHOJESTA FANA ERAHIMKHEL MET WITH AMBASSADOR OF THAILAND H.E. MS. MOROKAT SRISWASDI ON THE MARGINS OF THE 29TH SESSION OF THE CCPCJ

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the extended Bureau of the 29th Session of the CCPCJ, met with the Ambassador of Thailand H.E. Ms. Morakat Sriswasdi, in her capacity as the Chair of Asia Pacific Group to the same extended Bureau, on the 9th of February , in Vienna.

The Ambassador placed women empowerment issues at the core of their discussion, focusing primarily on a potential cooperation between the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and Thailand on Women, Peace and Security. Moreover, the Ambassadors delved further into issues pertaining to the upcoming CND and CCPCJ sessions. The Ambassadors brainstormed and considered various ways in which Afghanistan can improve its future cooperation of the APG, with a heightened focus on alternative development projects.

Throughout the discussion, H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel congratulated H.E. Morakat Sriswasdi on the initiative of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) in offering training courses under the Annual International Training Courses (AITC) Programme 2020.

The meeting between the Ambassadors was successful and highly constructing, opening up a lot of avenues for future cooperation and support between the two countries.

AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL RECEIVED A COURTESY CALL FROM THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN TO AUSTRIA AND OSCE, H.E. MR. AKIRA MUZITANI

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel received a courtesy call from the newly-appointed Ambassador of Japan to Austria and the OSCE, H.E. Mr. Akira Muzitani, who was eager to acquaint himself with his colleagues within the Asian Contact Group, on the 5th of February, in Vienna.

Throughout the meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude at the unprecedented help and support the Government of Japan has provided Afghanistan with throughout the years. The Ambassador specifically highlighted the contributions Japan has made with regards to Afghan-led projects on women’s education, health and empowerment.

Within the framework of the OSCE, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel reiterated the benefits deriving from the increasing cooperation between the five Asian Partners i.e Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand. In this regard, the Ambassador suggested that a further maintenance and strengthening of these relations would only happen if additional effort was put in joint initiatives and multi-year planning.