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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.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attends the United Nations Office on Drugs Briefing session for new UNODC focal points at Permanent Missions

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended the UNODC Briefing session for new UNODC focal points at Permanent Missions.  The briefing provided an insightful overview of all UNODC departments and their respective mandates and strategic planning. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attendance showed gratitude to all UNODC Departments and staff for their efforts and cooperation.

During the briefing, Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director in the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, in his introductory remarks and overview spoke of his positive personal experience in Afghanistan and recognized his and UNODC’s close cooperation with Ambassador Ebrahimkhel.

A large number of delegations were present, including many new UNODC focal points at Permanent Missions.

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime UNODC hosts Tripartite meeting of the project “Monitoring of opium production in Afghanistan”

The Tripartite meeting of the project “Monitoring of opium production in Afghanistan” (project AFGF98) took place on 17 September 2019 at the Vienna International Centre.

This technical meeting was hosted by representatives of the National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA), Afghanistan, and involved representatives of donor countries, experts from the Member States that contribute financially to the implementation of the opium survey, and relevant UNODC staff.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel attended the meeting to personally thank the donor countries for their contribution and the joint efforts being made by UNODC and Afghan counterparts and stakeholders.

As per agreement in the publication plan of the AFGF98 project, UNODC will soon launch the Afghanistan Opium Survey Report 2019.

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.

Read more on: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/afghanistan-signs-a-country-programme-framework-cpf-for-2019-2023

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.

Read more on https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/afghanistan-signs-a-country-programme-framework-cpf-for-2019-2023

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.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana attends the 922nd Closing Session of the Forum for Security Co-operation under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana warmly welcomed H.E. Muzaffar Huseinzoda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, to the closing session of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan. She commended the leadership Tajikistan, especially H.E. Idibek Kalandar, for the excellent efforts in chairing the OSCE Forum on Security Cooperation in these last months.

Tajikistan and Afghanistan have been connected for a long time and Afghanistan serves as a land bridge between Central and South Asia. Over recent months and years, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stepped up their co-operation in a broad range of areas, both bilaterally and in the multilateral framework of the OSCE.

Both the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) further served as a catalyst towards increased collaboration between Tajikistan as OSCE participating State and Afghanistan as an OSCE Asian Partner for Co-operation.

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes all the best to the incoming Czech Republic FSC Chairmanship and looks forward to further cooperate in the political-military dimension of the OSCE.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to the team

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes our new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to our team. Previously, Mr. Faruhee has worked in different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. He has now started his new function as Second Secretary and will be responsible to cover all matters pertaining to the IAEA. The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan will greatly benefit from his knowledge and expertise. We wish him and his family all the very best for his stay here in Vienna.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna bids farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari

Today, we bid farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari who has keenly served the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna as Second Secretary from July 2016 to July 2019. His functions mainly focused around IAEA issues as well as other important and extensive functions including administrative and protocol functions.

In particular, we are grateful for Mr. Akbari’s efforts, within the IAEA’s framework, in supporting initiatives in the area of human health, in particular, the establishment of nuclear medicine centers in Afghanistan.

Mr. Akbari was not only an excellent diplomat but a dear friend. We deeply appreciate him for all his work and expertise from which the Embassy and Permanent Mission Afghanistan has greatly benefitted. We wish Mr. Akbari every success in his future endeavors. We will dearly miss him!