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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

International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO) Panel Discussion on Women in Leadership Positions, Inclusion and Diversity in Society

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel keeps very dear ICDO’s objective to promote diversity and interculturality with the goal of bringing people closer together and closing the cultural gaps.

This is very much in line with the priorities of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, where they share the same goal of understanding and closing the cultural gaps.

For this reason, the young President and the young Ambassadors of ICDO included Ambassador Ebrahimkhel’s speech in a Panel Discussion dedicated to women empowerment, one of the many intercultural activities of the week.

In her speech to ICDO, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel shared a message to her own fellow Afghans living abroad, “While abroad, like here in Austria, I encourage you all to get integrated, educated, polish your skills and contribute to society with the goal of becoming role models for your fellow Afghan countrymen and women and become Ambassadors of Peace and of Understanding among the cultures.”

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel shared her appreciation for ICDO’s work in empowering youth and diversity. ICDO gives youth new opportunities and most importantly hope. Hope for change.

SOCIETY for the 100th Anniversary of the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

On the occasion of the 100th National Day, the Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel talked with SOCIETY publisher Gertrud Tauchhammer and pointed out the very good relations between Austria and Afghanistan and the importance of the Society Magazine as a platform for sharing information on the diversities and culture of Afghanistan.

Fostering the excellent relations with the beautiful host country Austria is certainly a priority for the Embassy and SOCIETY provides one of the many links between the Austrian and Afghan citizens.

For further information please see: http://society.at/2019/09/06/afghanistan-100th-anniversary-of-the-national-day/

پیام سفیر جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان مقیم ویانا به مناسبت ارج گذاری 28 اسد روز استقلال کشور

پیام سفیر جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان مقیم ویانا به مناسبت ارج گذاری بیست و هشتم اسد روز استقلال کشور

 

په ویانا کې دافغانستان د اسلامي جمهوریت د سفیر او دایمي استازې پیغام

 

Today marks 100 years of independence for Afghanistan

عید سعید اضحی به تمام مسلمانان جهان و به خصوص به هموطنان شریف ما مبارک

H.E. Mr. Edress Zaman, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, takes part in the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), Vienna, Austria, March 14-15, 2019.

Vienna, 19 March 2019

At the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which was held from 14 to 15 March 2019 in Vienna, Austria, the Head of the Delegation of Afghanistan, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman, delivered a statement on the progress made and the challenges remaining in Afghanistan in counter narcotics efforts. The need for a full-fledge strategy that brings all the Afghan counter-narcotic efforts into one framework was emphasized. It was noted that the World Drug Problem requires a comprehensive, multifaceted, and concerted actions by all Member States at national, regional, and international level.

In his statement Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman highlighted that illicit production, manufacture, trafficking in and diversion of drugs and precursors as well as state-sponsored narco-terrorism, transnational organized crime and the growing drug market are the most pressing issues of our time that continue to destabilize international peace and security. He also underscored that in Afghanistan, a country facing imposed conflict for over four decades, the nexus between narcotics and insecurity is well reflected in various UNODC and INCB reports.

On the margins of the Ministerial Segment the delegation of Afghanistan held several bilateral meetings with Dr. Viroj Sumyai, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB); Mr. Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary Gene; Mr. Sherkhon Salimzoda, Director of the Drug Control Agency and a trilateral meeting with the heads of the delegations of the USA and Pakistan.

On Monday 18 March The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted high level Side-Event entitled “The Symbiotic Relationship between Insecurity and Opium Production in Afghanistan and the Peace Process as a Potential Solution” chaired by H.E. Khojasta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan in Vienna, became an important forum for the presentation of the latest efforts in the peace negotiations with the Taliban with a focus on the consequences on the future of counter narcotics activities.

In the meanwhile, the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna together with Japan and the Russian Federation co-sponsored, another High-Level Side-Event entitled the“Trilateral Partnership in support of counter-narcotics efforts of Afghanistan.”

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Organizations in Vienna chaired a Side-Event hosted by the Government of Afghanistan on the margins of the 62nd Session of the UNODC Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna, 19 March 2019

The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted a Side-Event entitled “The Symbiotic Relationship between Insecurity and Opium Production in Afghanistan and the Peace Process as a Potential Solution” on the margins of the 62nd session of the UNODC Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Monday 18 March 2019 at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Organizations in Vienna, chaired the panel and highlighted insecurity as one of the main root causes of the drug problem in Afghanistan and the nexus between drug production and insecurity. Considering the link between insecurity and drug production, recent efforts to bring peace is giving Afghanistan a glimpse of hope.

Deputy Foreign Minister H.E. Edress Zaman presented the latest efforts in the peace negotiations with the Taliban with a focus on the consequences on the future of counter narcotics activities. Most importantly, he outlined the dividends peace in Afghanistan would bring not only in the country but also regionally and internationally. However, as good as peace may sound in Afghanistan, H.E. Edress Zaman clarified how the Constitution of Afghanistan and the gains of the Afghan society are the red lines of the Afghan government in this peace process.

 

Mr. Jawid Ahmad Qaem, Senior Advisor for the Office of National Security Council of Afghanistan, highlighted the importance of incorporating the drug component in the post-peace talks with the Taliban. In order to solve the drug problem, the post-peace approach will have to focus on the categories of landowners and farmers. He emphasized that drug trafficking in Afghanistan is not a national but a regional and international issue that should be tackled under the principle of shared responsibility. He called for creating a clear and complete picture of the situation of the drug problem in the Region, especially with regard to trafficking routes, to be able to create suitable solutions and policies to counter this international menace.

Lastly, Mr. Mark Colhoun, UNODC Regional Representative for Country Office in Afghanistan, stressed the need to include rule of law, development and health issues relating to illicit narcotics in the peace process. The illicit financial flows generated and the harm to society are simply too large for these not to be included in the process. At the same time, the regional dimensions need to be considered as well, particularly when it comes to interdiction efforts.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel concluded the session by saying that ‘we – Afghanistan and our partners – must convince all those neighbors of Afghanistan still skeptical about positive developments in Afghanistan and Central Asia and must send a clear message to them that it would be also in their own interests to border a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.’

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Message on International Women’s Day

On behalf of my colleagues here at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, I would like to offer my best wishes to you all on International women’s day.

On this important day, which strongly reminds us of persisting deficiencies in terms of gender equality, gender parity and the elimination of discrimination and violence against women, we see a remarkable unity among women across the globe, speaking with one voice and demanding our rights. Most importantly, we also watch many men joining us. At the same time, there is a wide range of issues to be tackled, today and on all other days of the year, ranging from child marriage, sexual abuse and harassment, female genital mutilation and femicide, to equal rights, equal representation and equal pay.

I and the entire delegation of Afghanistan in Vienna will contribute to the empowerment of women, addressing existing disparities and working towards gender equality. We will seize each and every opportunity to closely co-operate with colleagues, men and women, to advance women’s rights and to tackle violence against women. We will not shy away from making any effort to inspire and convince men and women about the advantages, necessity and justness of gender equality and parity, as pre-requisite for peace and security, development, human rights, prosperity and well-being for all, also against the background of the SDGs.

Let us express our hope that we all can use this important day to generate momentum towards realization of what should be normalcy: an equal status of men and women.