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.