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Ambassador Ebrahimkhel Meets with UNIDO Director-General Li Yong

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with UNIDO Director-General Li Yong on Friday, the 16th of October. In this productive meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, particularly regarding steps to strengthen support of COVID-19 funds from UNIDO member states and the establishment of online training programs for young Afghan diplomats.

Additionally, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel discussed the possibility of extending UNIDO’s Country Programme for Afghanistan by one-year, and proposed a phone call between Director-General Li Yong and Ms. Karima Hamid Faryabi, Minister of Economy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will commit to properly describe what priorities must be considered in the formulation of a new Country Programme for Afghanistan.

Lastly, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed gratitude for the new cooperation between Afghanistan and UNIDO in the framework of the International Gender Champions initiative. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel will be co-leading the ICG Vienna Representation Impact Group, together with the UNIDO Director-General Li Yong and the Ambassador of Finland.

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

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, introducing Madam Ambassador as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UNIDO. The organization was created in 1966 as a special organ of the UN and was converted to a UN Specialized Agency in 1985, when also Afghanistan became a member. Since then, UNIDO has supported Afghanistan towards poverty reduction, rural development, strengthened export and trade capacities, agro-business, creation of employment opportunities, industrial governance, private sector development and environment management. Last year, Afghanistan and UNIDO signed a new Country Programming Framework (CPF), which is aligned with Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework 2017-2021. The CPF shall make a meaningful contribution towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Afghanistan, and shall promote the creation of jobs, resource efficiency and green industry. UNIDO and Afghanistan also cooperate on improving the situation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), as well as towards regional and inter-regional connectivity with Afghanistan — a free market economy offering vast opportunities for investment and trade — being located at the crossroads of the Eurasian land bridge, in the Heart of Asia.