A Kind Farewell to OSCE Secretary General H.E. Thomas Greminger on the occasion of the completion of his tenure
On the occasion of the completion of H.E. Thomas Greminger’s term as OSCE Secretary General, let us express our deep gratitude for your excellent service. For the past years, you have guided the OSCE Secretariat with panache and enthusiasm and navigated the organization through challenging times.
You have initiated significant positive change within the organization and have sharpened the profile and international standing of the OSCE, while ensuring continuity. Under your able leadership of the Secretariat, the OSCE has raised its capacities across all three dimensions of the work of the OSCE. The partnership between the Asian Partners and the OSCE has steadily strengthened over the years and has proved to be essential in guaranteeing a comprehensive and sustainable security in the OSCE region.
We would like to express our gratitude for your personal support to Afghanistan. You have been a true friend of Afghanistan and we thank you for supporting the many initiatives for our country. Afghanistan and its people will never forget what you have done for them. Our gratitude also goes to the OSCE Secretariat and distinguished colleagues from the External Cooperation’s teams for their continuous engagement and cooperation in strengthening our partnership with the OSCE.
We thank you for your hard work and commitment and wish you every success for your future endeavors.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Mag. Elisabeth Wenger-Donig from the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior to talk about the bilateral work on migration issues
The Republic of Austria and the Republic of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have a long-standing relationship in many areas and based on mutual respect, at the bilateral level, and within the framework of cooperation between Afghanistan and the European Union.
We particularly appreciate our strong cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. It has always acted as a central and always reliable partner, also with regard to migration issues. Our longstanding and very constructive cooperation is characterized by a regular exchange at different levels.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel and Mag. Elisabeth Wenger-Donig had a very fruitful meeting on many issues of common interest, in particular, the topic of cooperation in migration issues and COVID-19 related support for Afghanistan was discussed.
We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with the Government of Austria.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Spain co-sponsor event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity of the Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism co-sponsored the event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism together with Spain. H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel virtually-delivered her opening remarks on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasizing the commitment and the priorities of Afghanistan in combatting terrorism and protecting the rights of victims of terrorism.
In her remarks, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel stressed that peace and stability are the pre-requisites for sustainable development. There is no development without peace and we must make sure to achieve peace and stability in the globe. Today the threat of terrorism and extremism have negatively impacted the lives of people globally and specifically in Afghanistan. The loss of civilians in barbaric terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and all over the world tells us that terrorism does not recognize borders or boundaries and we must all stand against those enemies that threaten the lives of our civilians and innocent people. Also, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized that addressing the growing links between terrorism, narcotics and other forms of organized crime should remain on top of our counter-terrorism agenda at all levels. She stated “the people of Afghanistan stand with you for a prosperous and peaceful world.”
The event served to map areas that could be covered by model legislative provisions regarding victims of terrorism. The event brought together a group of experts from governments, academia, victims associations, United Nations entities and other international organizations, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Participants took part in the expert consultation in their individual expert capacity.
Ms. Razia Sayad, Commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) participated in the online expert consultation and to the Working Groups on Specific Areas of Potential Legislation.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, second vice-chair of the CCPCJ at its 29th session, addresses the integration segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity as Second Vice-Chair of the 29th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has been invited to participate in this year’s ECOSOC integration segment, as a panelist in the session on “Leaving no one behind in the context of COVID-19 and the decade of action and delivery”.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel states that in a time of this global unprecedented crisis, we should be guided first and foremost by the principle of “leaving no one behind”. The need for a coordinated and joint multilateral response to prevent and counter transnational crime has never been more compelling. It is essential that the international community takes a joint response to ensure that efforts in the area of crime prevention mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on vulnerable members of society.
Recovering from the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to revisit the existing inequalities in the current development model that feed marginalization, gender-based violence and trafficking in persons – and we should most certainly make full use of this opportunity.
High-level conference on Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era – hosted by OSCE Albania Chairmanship
Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the high-level conference together with the remote participation of Ms. Ghezal Haris, Inspector General of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era was the focus of the OSCE Albanian Chairmanship high-level conference that took place on 6 and 7 July in Vienna.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Albania’s Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Edi Rama, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and the Albanian Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj opened the conference.
Ghada Fathi Waly, the Director-General/Executive Director of the UN Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addressed the high level panel.
Ms. Ghezal Haris delivered her statement on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan virtually via Zoom commending the Albanian 2020 Chairmanship for putting the fight against corruption a top priority in the OSCE’s agenda. She emphasized the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in combatting corruption. She outlined both legislative and structural reforms implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that helped significantly contain corruption in Afghanistan. She also underlined that digital technology has been at the core of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption reforms and will remain so in the next five years. The OSCE, through its field operations, is well-positioned to contribute to both national and regional efforts towards anti-corruption in Afghanistan.
Relevant high-level representatives from OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the main challenges and share best practices and lessons learned. The conference helped identify and implement anti-corruption approaches which strengthen democracy, the rule of law, economic development, stability and security with a focus on the use of new technologies.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities
The Islamic Republic (I.R.) of Afghanistan, like many OSCE participating States and Partners for co-operation States, is facing the wide-ranging consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In this critical situation, the provision of assistance to countries in need is essential. Afghanistan, now more than ever, needs the support and co-operation of the international community in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities.
Read more here: https://www.osce.org/chairmanship/454945
Diplomacy and Commerce Austria shares the message of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Community
Diplomacy & Commerce Austria shares the message of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the international community.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna appeals to the international community for greater solidarity to Afghanistan at this critical time to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities.