AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN THE OFFICIAL HANDOVER CEREMONY OF THE G-77 CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE VIENNA CHAPTER
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel actively participated in the Official Handover Ceremony of the G77 Chairmanship of the Vienna Chapter, on the 12th of March, in Vienna.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her appreciation for the support the outgoing Chairperson extended to Afghanistan during his tenure. She then proceeded to duly congratulate the newly appointed co-chairs. The Ambassador emphasized the great importance of Afghanistan, as one of the founding members of the G-77, places on the group’s efforts in the areas of development policies and multilateralism.
Ambassador Ebramikhel called for a strengthening of cooperation between the Member states. In this regard, she enumerated the areas currently at the forefront of Aghanistan’s agenda, which include the combating of the World Drug Problem, the elimination of poverty and the promotion of women’s rights. The Ambassador, moreover, expressed her gratitude to all staff members of the Vienna-based organizations who have been tirelessly working towards the development and implementation of programs for all Afghan stakeholders.
Afghanistan remains committed to the work of the G77 and extends the full cooperation of its Vienna delegation to the newly-appointed Co-chairs.
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL ATTENDED THE LAUNCHING EVENT OF THE IAEA MARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the launching event of the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship Programme, organized under the auspices of Director General H.E. Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, on the 9th of March in Vienna. The launching event attracted two renowned nuclear physicists, namely Marie-Curie’s grand-daughter, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, and Latin American winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science Karen Hallberg.
Having been named after Marie Sklodowska-Curie, twice Nobel Prize Winner, the fellowship Program aims to serve as a beacon of inspiration and encouragement for future female STEM leaders. Fellowships will be awarded annually and will reach exactly 100 female students per year. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel views this initiative as paramount to encouraging Afghan women to pursue a professional career in nuclear science and technology.
Afghanistan reiterates its gratitude for the continuous support of the IAEA to Afghanistan, particularly concerning IAEA-organized educational and training programs for Afghan stakeholders and reaffirms its commitment to gender equality and women empowerment. We remain optimistic about the future of Afghan women and hopeful that through continuous cooperation with the IAEA, significant progress will be made with regards to gender parity in the field of nuclear security.
THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN AND THE AFGHAN OPIATE TRADE PROJECT OF UNODC RESEARCH AND TREND ANALYSIS BRANCH ORGANIZED A SIDE EVENT UNDER THE 63RD SESSION OF THE CND
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Branch organized a side event in the margins of the 63rd session of the CND, on the 5th of March in Vienna. The event took the form of an insightful presentation of the key findings within a UNODC report titled “Voices of the Quchaqbar: Understanding Opiate Trafficking in Afghanistan from the Perspective of Drug Traffickers”.
In his opening speech, Deputy Minister Aurtuq expressed his appreciation for the unique structure of the UNODC Report. The Deputy Minister, moreover, emphasized his hope that the Report will serve to open up future avenues of collaboration between the UNODC and the Afghan counter-narcotics police.
The Deputy Vice Minister on Counter Narcotics of Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Fazel Wasit was also a panelist in the side event. He presented to the attendees the achievements of Afghanistan’s Counter-Narcotics Police in the last decade, which are significant and numerous. During his presentation, Mr. Wasit specifically highlighted the growing numbers of operations, seizures and the dismantling of labs the Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Police has successfully carried out from 2009 until 2019. Mr. Osman remains hopeful that the current achievements of the Counter Narcotics Police Force will be amplified in the years to come.
Ambassador Fana Khojesta Ebrahimkhel attended the side event, showcasing, thus, her gratitude for the continuous collaboration between the Government of Afghanistan and the UNODC Trend and Analysis Branch.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with the IAEA Director General, H.E. Rafael Mariano Grossi, on the 4th of March, in Vienna. The Director-General was appointed in his current role on the 3rd of December, 2019.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude for the support of the IAEA to Afghanistan with regard to technical assistance and cooperation activities. As the project which currently defines the cooperation of Afghanistan with the IAEA, Afghanistan’s Country Framework Programme for the period 2019-2023 should define future technical cooperation. Amidst the four main areas in which the Programme is expected to make a difference, human health was specifically mentioned during the meeting.
In the area of health, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel sheds light on the efforts of Afghanistan to combat cancer, which is showcased by the country’s efforts to establish a Radiology Diagnostic Center and a Radiotherapy Center. A faster advancement of these ongoing projects requires the continuous collaboration of all stakeholders in Afghanistan.
As two International Gender Champions, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel and H.E. Grossi delved into women’s rights issues at great length. The contribution of the Marie Curie Fellowship Programme in the further empowerment of Afghan women was specifically discussed. In light of this programme, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her support for educational and training programs for all Afghan stakeholders.
The meeting reiterated once again the deep-seated collaborative spirit between Afghanistan and the IAEA. It introduced new ideas for future cooperation initiatives between the two entities and cemented the commitment of Afghanistan and the Agency for their ongoing projects.
THE AFGHANISTAN DELEGATION, LED BY Mr. MOHID HASHEM AURTAQ, PARTICIPATED IN THE 63RD SESSION OF THE CND
A delegation from Afghanistan, led by the Deputy Minister for Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan, Mr. Mohd Hashem Aurtaq, participated in the 63rd session of the Commission for Narcotic Drugs, CND, on the 2nd of March, in Vienna. The delegation was also comprised of H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel.
During the general debate section of the CND conference, Deputy Minister Aurtaq delivered a statement on the progress Afghanistan has already made as well as the challenges it still faces with regards to counter-narcotics efforts. He particularly emphasized the link between insecurity in Afghanistan and poppy cultivation. The Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation of the current work of Afghan Counter-Narcotics Authorities, who have, in recent years, managed to significantly decrease the amount of land hectors used for poppy cultivation. In this way, three more provinces in Afghanistan have become opium-free. The Deputy Minister further expressed his optimism that the operations, arrests and lab seizures by the Afghan Counter-Narcotics Authorities will continue to increase in future years.
In reiterating the commitment of Afghanistan to the work of the Commission of Counter Narcotics, the Deputy Minister called for further multifaceted, comprehensive and concerted actions by all Member States at the national, regional and international levels. In the same vein, Deputy Minister Aurtaq called for the continued support of the international community to Afghanistan’s tireless efforts in completely eradicating its national drug problem.
Through her attendance, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed her appreciation for the work of the Commission and her wish for a successful 63rd session. Her participation, moreover, points to the determination of Afghanistan to take on an active role throughout the week-long conference.
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL HOSTED A WORKING DINNER FOR THE AMBASSADORS OF COUNTRIES CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NOWRUZ
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel hosted a working dinner for the Ambassadors of countries celebrating the International Day of Nowruz, on the 13th of February, in Vienna. The working dinner is part of a larger range of activities the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, as this year’s host and organizer, is putting up in honor of Nowruz.
In her opening remarks at the working dinner, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel highlighted the harmony and joy that stand at the core of Nowruz festivities. The Ambassador stated that one of the most paramount achievements of Nowruz as a celebration is its ability to construe unity in diversity. In this regard, the spirit that Nowruz conveys should serve as a source of inspiration, and, indeed, as a driver for future cooperation initiatives.
The working dinner provided an outlet through which the attending Ambassadors could share ideas on potential performances and concepts on the upcoming Nowruz festivities, which are to be held on the 17th of March. The attendees constructively engaged in various discussions, as well as in information- and idea-sharing as pertaining to the celebrations. The dinner was ultimately successful in achieving the objectives it set forth.
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL HEADED THE DELEGATION OF AFGHANISTAN AT THE IAEA’S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR SECURITY (ICONS 2020)
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel headed the delegation of Afghanistan at the IAEA’s International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts (ICONS 2020) on February 10, 2020 in Vienna.
The conference, which attracted an unprecedented number of attendees, was the third in its kind that the IAEA organizes. It served as a forum for the facilitation of international dialogue on matters of nuclear security. One of the achievements of the conference was the unanimous adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, which reiterated all ratifying countries’ support to strengthen and sustain national and global nuclear security.
In her statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel highlighted some of the most impressive achievements the Government of Afghanistan has made in the area of nuclear security. The latest feat in this direction has been the signing of a new Country Programme Framework for the 2019-2023 period, a framework which was greatly facilitated by the ongoing technical cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the IAEA.
As pertaining to health, the Ambassador reiterated that Cancer remains at the forefront of Afghanistan’s health agenda. She expressed her hope that a further collaboration between the Agency, its member states as well as all other stakeholders in Afghanistan can facilitate Afghanistan’s efforts in establishing a Radiology Diagnostic Center at Aliabad hospital.
The Ambassador further emphasized her commitment to gender equality and women empowerment, a commitment which has recently been crowned by the Ambassador’s membership in the International Gender Champions. Among other gender-related initiatives, the Ambassador has recently spearheaded the establishment of Gender Task Force within the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna. This latter initiative stands perfectly in line with the Director General’s Mariano Grossi commitment on gender parity, a commitment Ambassador Ebrahimkhel fully supports.
H.E KHOJESTA FANA ERAHIMKHEL MET WITH AMBASSADOR OF THAILAND H.E. MS. MOROKAT SRISWASDI ON THE MARGINS OF THE 29TH SESSION OF THE CCPCJ
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the extended Bureau of the 29th Session of the CCPCJ, met with the Ambassador of Thailand H.E. Ms. Morakat Sriswasdi, in her capacity as the Chair of Asia Pacific Group to the same extended Bureau, on the 9th of February , in Vienna.
The Ambassador placed women empowerment issues at the core of their discussion, focusing primarily on a potential cooperation between the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and Thailand on Women, Peace and Security. Moreover, the Ambassadors delved further into issues pertaining to the upcoming CND and CCPCJ sessions. The Ambassadors brainstormed and considered various ways in which Afghanistan can improve its future cooperation of the APG, with a heightened focus on alternative development projects.
Throughout the discussion, H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel congratulated H.E. Morakat Sriswasdi on the initiative of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) in offering training courses under the Annual International Training Courses (AITC) Programme 2020.
The meeting between the Ambassadors was successful and highly constructing, opening up a lot of avenues for future cooperation and support between the two countries.
AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL RECEIVED A COURTESY CALL FROM THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN TO AUSTRIA AND OSCE, H.E. MR. AKIRA MUZITANI
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel received a courtesy call from the newly-appointed Ambassador of Japan to Austria and the OSCE, H.E. Mr. Akira Muzitani, who was eager to acquaint himself with his colleagues within the Asian Contact Group, on the 5th of February, in Vienna.
Throughout the meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude at the unprecedented help and support the Government of Japan has provided Afghanistan with throughout the years. The Ambassador specifically highlighted the contributions Japan has made with regards to Afghan-led projects on women’s education, health and empowerment.
Within the framework of the OSCE, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel reiterated the benefits deriving from the increasing cooperation between the five Asian Partners i.e Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand. In this regard, the Ambassador suggested that a further maintenance and strengthening of these relations would only happen if additional effort was put in joint initiatives and multi-year planning.