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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.

 

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.

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.

Exhibitions by Member States during the 63rd IAEA General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the many Side Events and Exhibitions scheduled during the 63rd IAEA General Conference.

Numerous exhibitions were organized by the IAEA Member States, organizations and the IAEA Secretariat. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel took an active role in personally visiting each booth and shared the needs and priorities of Afghanistan and advised the Mission team to follow-up the cooperation and the offered services by each Member States. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended their efforts for ensuring the peaceful and safe use of nuclear science and technology for global sustainable development.

The IAEA 63rd General Conference and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Afghanistan

The 63rd IAEA General Conference started with the successful completion of a new Country Programme Framework for Afghanistan for the next six years, which was signed by Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel and Deputy Director-General Dazhu Yang on the margins of the General Conference. The new Country Programme Framework represents a key success for this Conference and for Afghanistan.

During the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference, Dr. Tahir Sharan, Director-General of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission, delivered the National statement to thank and appreciate the efforts of the IAEA for their cooperation and support to Afghanistan. In this occasion, Dr. Tahir Sharan, paid tribute to the late Director-General, Mr. Yukiya Amano for his strong leadership over the past years and express our heartfelt condolences for his passing away. Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country. Afghanistan was among the first founding members of IAEA in 1957, and since then has benefitted from the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme in different priority areas. The new Framework will serve as a key instrument for strengthening technical cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the Secretariat.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the many Side Events scheduled during the General Conference. The event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women provided an insightful review on the pivotal role of nuclear techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, particularly in women. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this important event to stand for women empowerment, health equality and to discuss IAEA support for Afghanistan priorities.

Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended and spoke at the Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme. In her intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the importance of the IAEA technical cooperation programme and the Office of Legal Affairs’ support for Afghanistan in developing and maintaining national legal frameworks for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology. As a founding member of the IAEA in 1957, Afghanistan has started to benefit from the Agency’s excellent cooperation as early as its establishment. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel called on all Member States to share their views on past experiences, benefits, and lesson learned from the IAEA technical cooperation activities.

The IAEA General Conference was enriched by exhibitions organized by the numerous Member States, organizations and the IAEA Secretariat. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel took an active role in personally visiting each booth and shared the needs and priorities of Afghanistan and advised the Mission team to follow-up the cooperation and the offered services by each Member States. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended their efforts for ensuring the peaceful and safe use of nuclear science and technology for global sustainable development.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme: Addressing Member State’s Needs, on the margins of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended and spoke at the Side Event on The IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme, which took place on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference. In her intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the importance of the IAEA technical cooperation programme and the Office of Legal Affairs’ support for Afghanistan in developing and maintaining national legal frameworks for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

As a founding member of the IAEA in 1957, Afghanistan has started to benefit from the Agency’s excellent cooperation as early as its establishment. Over the past few years Afghanistan has been able to benefit from the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme in different priority areas. Today we keep benefitting from the IAEA’s support through a new Country Programme Framework for the next six years for Afghanistan that has been signed at the margins of the IAEA General Conference.

Afghanistan has also received IAEA assistance for developing and revising Afghanistan’s Nuclear Energy Act, which was approved by Afghan parliament in 2017.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel concluded her remarks by thanking the IAEA, friend and allies for their contribution and continuous support to Afghanistan and called on all Member States to share their views on past experiences, benefits and lesson learned from the IAEA technical cooperation activities.

 

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Side Event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women on the margins of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attends side event on Improving the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women, which took place on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference. Experts at the event reviewed the pivotal role of nuclear techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, particularly in women. Panellists discussed the importance of recognizing the atypical symptoms of cardiovascular diseases in women for treatment and diagnosis.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended this important event to stand for women empowerment and health equality. We need to empower women, society at large, health care providers and the medical community to reach health equality.

IAEA support is essential for providing better diagnostic care, providing training in medical imaging in cardiology and strengthening clinical standards, educational resources and opportunities for Afghan specialists.

IAEA writes on new Country Programme Framework for Afghanistan for 2019-2023

Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Permanent/Resident Representative to the United Nations and other International and Regional Organizations in Vienna, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed Afghanistan’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2019–2023 on 16 September 2019. A CPF is the frame of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a Member State and the IAEA and identifies priority areas where the transfer of nuclear technology and technical cooperation resources will be directed to support national development goals.

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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel signs the Country Programme Framework for the State of Afghanistan with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA for the next six years

At the margins of the 63rd Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel signs a new Country Programme Framework for the period 2019-2023 for Afghanistan.

During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel paid tribute to the late Director-General, Mr. Yukiya Amano, for his strong leadership over the past years and expressed her heartfelt condolences for his passing away. Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended the joint efforts of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department, in particular Deputy Director-General Dazhu Yang, and the Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission for their hard work in preparing the Country Programme Framework.

The Framework will serve as a key instrument for strengthening technical cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the Secretariat. It provides an excellent cooperation framework in four mutually agreed areas, namely:

  • Radiation Safety Infrastructure
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Human Health and Nutrition
  • Human Capital Development

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel concluded the meeting by once again expressing her most sincere appreciation for the work of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department and all relevant counterparts for the completion of this important Framework and kindly requested from all IAEA members, in particular the regional members, to pay special attention to Afghanistan and to continue supporting the country in areas of capacity building and training of Afghan stakeholders.

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Afghanistan pays tribute to the late Director General Yukiya Amano

During a Board of Governors meeting held on Thursday 25 July 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana on behalf of the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan paid her respects to Director General Yukiya Amano, who passed away last week.

Director General Amano was a great advocator for security, nuclear non-proliferation regime and peaceful use of nuclear technologies to achieving a more peaceful world.

Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Director General Amano’s family and friends.