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H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Modern Slavery

On Friday 28 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting demonstrating Afghanistan’s commitment to fight human trafficking and modern slavery on domestic, regional and global levels.

The problem of human trafficking in human beings is not foreign to Afghanistan. As a victim of this global challenge, Afghanistan has made tremendous progress to tackle the challenge of trafficking of human beings. For the last one decade, Afghanistan supported by its partners in the international community, adopted national legislation, implemented regional and international legal instruments, created relevant institutions and law enforcement capacities at its borders and airports and became part of bilateral, regional and international mechanisms, to combat human trafficking.

Human trafficking is particularly prevalent in countries stricken by conflict and strife, especially those who continue to suffer at the hands of terrorists and extremists. The inextricable link between human trafficking and terrorism remains a serious source of concern, demanding urgent attention of the international community.

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the Special Event of the 62nd Session of the CND devoted to the launch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report 2019

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the special event of the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the launch of the UNODC World Drug Report 2019.

Afghanistan thanked the UNODC and all its researchers’ team for their yet again excellent effort in preparing another detailed overview of the drug situation in the world, with the innovative idea of grouping drugs by their psychopharmacological effect.

Afghanistan acknowledges the World Drug Report as one of the most important sources aiming at improving our understanding of the world drug problem alongside some other very important reports such as European Drug Report 2019 from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which is a fantastic reliable source of data analysis.

In particular, Afghanistan values the efforts of the UNODC Research Team on increasing information on drug usage, contributing towards fostering greater international cooperation on countering the impact of the world drug problem on health.

Better understanding of drug problems is also needed. Research and analysis are necessary to inform policy and enable international cooperation around evidence-based solutions.

Afghanistan remains committed to supporting the work of UNODC and promote balanced, health- and rights-based approaches to drug challenges, building on the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the Reception on the Occasion of the 56th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty hosted by H. E. Mr. Gerhard Küntzle, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany, and H. E. Mr. Jean-Louis Falconi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of France

To celebrate the Treaty of Aachen, the Permanent Representatives of France and Germany in Vienna jointly hosted a reception, welcoming representatives from other Permanent Missions and the international organizations based in Vienna.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a new friendship treaty that is designed to deepen and enlarge the Franco-German bilateral relations, as France and Germany marked the 56th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty.

Afghanistan shares the same ideals when it comes to the value and preservation of diplomacy and multilateralism, one of the main priorities of our foreign policy.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends event on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, 7 December 2018, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the event organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women. On the 16 days of activism in the mark of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel joins experts in a discussion on the issue of cultural conditional violence and the self-provisional law of women.

During the event, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked H.E. Minister Karin Kneissl for this excellent initiative on a very important topic for Afghanistan. Violence against women remains a major obstacle to equality and it is an issue of fundamental human rights. In Afghanistan, considerable progress over the past sixteen years has been achieved in the area of gender parity and women’s rights. The Government of Afghanistan has developed important measures in the areas of legislation, policy-making and institution building, such as the approval of law on violence against women, National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Convention to Eliminate all Form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment, National strategy on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)  and the creation of special courts, special prosecution office, commission and assistance centers for the elimination of violence against women. Nonetheless, much more still needs to be done to substantially improve the situation of women in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as first female Ambassador of Afghanistan in Austria and as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, is fully committed to the empowerment of women and to gender equality and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the side-lines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of OSCE involvement in Afghanistan. Mr. Zaman thanked the Secretary-General for the overall OSCE support to Afghanistan, in particular, the border management training and capacity building programs for Afghan customs officers and Afghan border police. He also highlighted the importance of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek which is annually providing a number of bachelor and master degree programs for Afghan Students.

Mr. Zaman also expressed his gratitude for the OSCE observation mission for both the Parliamentary and Presidential elections since 2004 and expressed his willingness to have OSCE observation for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan which is planned to be held in April 2019.

Ambassador Greminger considered Afghanistan as an important country in terms of its geopolitics and promised to keep Afghanistan high in the Agenda of OSCE. He also talked about the new OSCE strategy for Afghanistan where the OSCE will broaden its involvement with Afghanistan.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides had fruitful discussions on issues of mutual interest, including Austrian’s long and sustainable support to the government of Afghanistan within the OSCE’s framework and in other regional and international organizations, the reopening of an Austrian embassy in Kabul, moving the Austrian Non-residence Embassy from Islamabad to Delhi in order to facilitate the visa procedure for Afghan applicants and lastly the issue of Afghan migrants living in Austria.

The Foreign Minister expressed her country’s full support with the people and government of Afghanistan in this crucial time and promised to welcome any new initiatives to extend the roots of cooperation between the two countries. She also touched upon Afghan asylum seekers who are entering Austria to get permanent residence and wished to have Afghanistan’s support in easing the procedure for Afghan deportees whose asylum applications have been denied due to criminal records. She also emphasized that the government of Austria would consider all international laws and norms, as well as the current security situation in Afghanistan, in their migration policies and legal acts on migrants.

H.E. Zaman appreciated Austria’s longstanding support to Afghanistan in various areas and in particular, their active presence within the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presents the statement of Afghanistan on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Today, the Head of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Permanent/Resident Representative to the United Nations and other International and Regional Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, attended the  the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented the statement on the item of gender equality and the empowerment of women in UNIDO. During the intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, welcomed the progress made by the Secretariat in the implementation of UNIDO gender parity action plan.
Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commends UNIDO’s progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Enhancing the role of women as drivers of poverty reduction, promoting female innovators and entrepreneurs, and recognizing the link between gender equality and safeguarding the environment directly contribute to SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, and to SDG 5 on gender equality.
Afghanistan, as the newly official member of Group of Friends for Women in Nuclear, is committed to the Secretariats’ continued efforts to achieve gender parity in the staffing of both the IAEA and UNIDO.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, reiterated her full commitment to the empowerment of women and to gender equality, and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel at the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Statement – UNIDO-46 Session IDB- NOV2018

The First Friends of RECCA Meeting held in Vienna

The first Friends of RECCA meeting was co-organized today by the RECCA Secretariat and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna with the participation of ambassadors and representatives from regional countries and international organizations based in Vienna.

The meeting was opened by H.E.  Khojesta Fana EbrahimKhel followed by a presentation on RECCA by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.  Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke about the importance of regional economic cooperation and the role that Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation platforms paly in promoting regional cooperation and integration in the wider region. She referred to the inclusion of a women’s economic empowerment component into RECCA’s agenda and expressed hope that more regional activities in this area would be developed in the future.

Mr. Soroosh presented an overview of the vision, objectives, priority projects as well as the new approach under RECCA. He highlighted the importance of Friends of RECCA meetings and expressed hope that these meetings will be held in Vienna on a regular basis.

The meeting continued with questions and interventions by the participants and a discussion on the way forward.

The Friends of RECCA meetings are held in major capitals across the world as opportunities for sharing updates and exploring areas of collaboration and coordination between the ambassadors and diplomats from the RECCA regional and partner countries and organizations with respect to priorities under RECCA.

 

 

OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting Co-chaired by Afghanistan and Austria

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna along with the Austrian Mission at the OSCE Co-chaired the Asian Contact Group Meeting on “Regional Connectivity, Trade Facilitation, and Women Empowerment” at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

In this meeting, panelists shared their views and comprehensive presentations on Regional cooperation, inter-linking regional platforms for promoting trade and regional connectivity as well as empowering the role of women in the social, economic and political sector.