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Youth Leaders from Afghanistan at ‘Educating for the Rule of Law’ international conference at UNODC Headquarters

Youth leaders from Afghanistan participated today at the high-level conference ‘Educating for the Rule of Law’ launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Organized by the Education for Justice initiative (E4J), the three-day conference will showcase, explore and discuss the numerous educational tools developed together with academics around the world, which contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 4, SDG 16 and SDG 17.

Three youth leaders represented the NGO Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan (HELA). An NGO exclusively dedicated to organizing Model United Nations conferences in Afghanistan. The purpose of participation for HELA delegation at the E4J high-level conference is to work on creating a global network of organizations that have missions aligned to the mission of HELA organization. Implementing new projects in Afghanistan that will help achieving the sustainable development goals is of the highest priority.

With its Women’s Empowerment Program, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens also brought young female Afghan leaders to the Conference, addressing challenges women face in facilitating women’s empowerment and women involvement is decision-making processes that impact the world sustainably.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel who is a strong promoter of gender equality has been actively involved to explore initiatives for Afghan youth. Her discussion with relevant authorities and officials to focus on Afghan youth brought groups of girls and boys to get educated and take part in the fellowship programmes, such as the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s first women empowerment program with a regional focus on Asia.

This fellowship is a platform for Afghans youth to be heard and join other female change-makers from Asia on global citizenship. It gives the opportunity to share experiences related to gender equality as a global agenda and a cross-cutting topic.

The conference was also attended by Mr. Sayed Zaman Hashemi, Legal Director General from the Ministry of Justice in Afghanistan. Ministries of Justice, Education and Interior have the important task to promote a culture of lawfulness and the rule of law and building the capacity of educators to equip students with the ability to address issues that can undermine the rule of law.

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.

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.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented Letters of Credence to H.E. Yury Fedotov, UNOV Director General and UNODC Executive Secretary

 

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to H.E. Yury Fedotov, Director General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), introducing Madam Ambassador as Permanent Representative. Afghanistan closely cooperates with the UN programmes based in Vienna, including UNODC, INCB, SE4ALL, UNCITRAL and the Vienna offices of IOM, UNHCR and UNODA. As of 2018, Afghanistan will be a member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), two functional commissions of ECOSOC and administered by UNODC. UNODC has also rolled out numerous projects for Afghan stakeholders over the past 15 years. The INCB is an independent expert body that promotes Governments’ compliance with the international drug control conventions, while ensuring availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes. The SE4ALL works to accomplish universal access to sustainable energy, bringing together partners from the governments, private sector and civil society. UNCITRAL promotes world trade by harmonizing national regulations and removing certain obstacles to the flow of international trade. The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna proactively engages with all Vienna-based organizations towards progress in Afghanistan and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Statement at the 5th Thematic Session for the Global Compact on Migration

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Statement at the 60th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

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Statement by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Former Chargé d’Affaires at the Special Segment on the follow-up to UNGASS of the reconvened 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) undertakes efforts to counteract drugs, crime and terrorism by promoting health, justice and security. It adopts an integrated approach in dealing with drugs, crime and terrorism. It also promotes regional security and cooperation by mainstreaming criminal justice into peacekeeping and peace-building operations. The PM of Afghanistan engages with UNODC in various areas, such as crime, terrorism, strengthening of law enforcements, human trafficking, yet the main focus area represents the fight against illicit drugs. Afghanistan has benefited from legal and technical assistance to prevent terrorism, to combat international crime and human trafficking. The UNODC Country Programme on Afghanistan represents a large-scale, long-term effort in tackling the illicit drugs problem in Afghanistan by seeking to eradicate illicit crops and create alternative sustainable livelihoods.