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Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari presents her Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO

Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, introducing Ambassador as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UNIDO.

UNIDO has a long history of supporting 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.

Mr. Yong’s capacity as the DG of UNIDO and his valuable experience in creating economic opportunities that reduce poverty and promote gender equality align with the Ambassador’s primary objectives during her tenure in Vienna. Together they will help advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Afghanistan. More importantly, they will empower women and improve the standard of living for Afghans. The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan remains committed to this shared vision.

Japan Contributes $475,000 to the New UNIDO Project in Afghanistan

On February 19th, 2021, Japan announced that it would contribute $475,000 to the new UNIDO project in Afghanistan entitled “Emergency assistance for improving the livelihoods through skills training for returnees, internally displaced people and host communities in Herat”. The contribution aims to reaffirm Japan’s commitment to fortifying the societal resiliency of countries in the face of crisis. Japan’s contribution comes at the backdrop of the humanitarian crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left already at-risk populations in a particularly vulnerable position.

Japan has a distinguished history of providing assistance and aid to Afghanistan in its times of need. During the last years, Japan has provided generous support in implementing projects on women’s education, health and economic empowerment.

The Permanent Mission and Embassy of the I.R. of Afghanistan expresses utmost gratitude to Japan for its contributions to this new UNIDO Project. Afghanistan treasures its relationship with Japan, and appreciates the country’s continued support of the peoples of Afghanistan within the UNIDO framework.

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.