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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.

 

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Participates at the 1279th OSCE Meeting of the Permanent Council dedicated to the Review of OSCE Co-operation with OSCE Asian Partners for Co-operation

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel expressed high appreciation to Ambassador H.E. Mr. Igli Hasani and the Albanian Chairmanship for their initiative in dedicating a Permanent Council Meeting to the OSCE Asian Partners for Co-Operation. The Permanent Council Meeting was an opportunity to review the OSCE Cooperation with Asian Partners and to take stock and discuss our achievements as well as to collectively identify our common prospects.

Afghanistan appreciates the close relationship and partnership with the OSCE since being granted the status of partner State in the year 2003. This partnership has been continuously expanded and Afghanistan has greatly benefited from its engagement with the organization.

Afghanistan strongly believes in the relevance of a stronger OSCE’s partnership with Afghanistan. Afghanistan stands ready to further look into a more strategic approach to the OSCE’s co-operation with Afghanistan. Establishing more continuity and a more long-term strategic outlook in our relationship will help us achieve sustainable development and comprehensive security.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel commends the progress achieved so far by the Asian Partners for Co-operation group in the OSCE and Afghanistan is committed to develop and strengthen long-term cooperation with the OSCE.

Photo: Micky Kroell/OSCE.

A Kind Farewell to OSCE Secretary General H.E. Thomas Greminger on the occasion of the completion of his tenure

On the occasion of the completion of H.E. Thomas Greminger’s term as OSCE Secretary General, let us express our deep gratitude for your excellent service. For the past years, you have guided the OSCE Secretariat with panache and enthusiasm and navigated the organization through challenging times.

You have initiated significant positive change within the organization and have sharpened the profile and international standing of the OSCE, while ensuring continuity. Under your able leadership of the Secretariat, the OSCE has raised its capacities across all three dimensions of the work of the OSCE. The partnership between the Asian Partners and the OSCE has steadily strengthened over the years and has proved to be essential in guaranteeing a comprehensive and sustainable security in the OSCE region.

We would like to express our gratitude for your personal support to Afghanistan.  You have been a true friend of Afghanistan and we thank you for supporting the many initiatives for our country. Afghanistan and its people will never forget what you have done for them. Our gratitude also goes to the OSCE Secretariat and distinguished colleagues from the External Cooperation’s teams for their continuous engagement and cooperation in strengthening our partnership with the OSCE.

We thank you for your hard work and commitment and wish you every success for your future endeavors.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Spain co-sponsor event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity of the Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism co-sponsored the event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism together with Spain. H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel virtually-delivered her opening remarks on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasizing the commitment and the priorities of Afghanistan in combatting terrorism and protecting the rights of victims of terrorism.

In her remarks, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel stressed that peace and stability are the pre-requisites for sustainable development. There is no development without peace and we must make sure to achieve peace and stability in the globe. Today the threat of terrorism and extremism have negatively impacted the lives of people globally and specifically in Afghanistan. The loss of civilians in barbaric terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and all over the world tells us that terrorism does not recognize borders or boundaries and we must all stand against those enemies that threaten the lives of our civilians and innocent people. Also, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized that addressing the growing links between terrorism, narcotics and other forms of organized crime should remain on top of our counter-terrorism agenda at all levels. She stated “the people of Afghanistan stand with you for a prosperous and peaceful world.”

The event served to map areas that could be covered by model legislative provisions regarding victims of terrorism. The event brought together a group of experts from governments, academia, victims associations, United Nations entities and other international organizations, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Participants took part in the expert consultation in their individual expert capacity.

Ms. Razia Sayad, Commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) participated in the online expert consultation and to the Working Groups on Specific Areas of Potential Legislation.

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 one 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.