Deputy Director of Asia Bureau of UNHCR visits Afghanistan Permanent Mission
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On 23th July 2015, Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office in Geneva, welcomed Mr. Ayaki Ito, Deputy Director of Asia Bureau in his office. In the commencement of the meeting Mr. Ayaki Ito extended his best wishes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and streamlined his upcoming visit to Afghanistan before the high-level segment in October.
Mr. Ayaki Ito, speaking of the high level segment stated that; in mid August the Executive Committee will prepare a draft statement that will include a solution for Afghan Refugees and a mechanism for the host countries. Prior the High-level segment, UNHCR will be hosting a ministerial level meeting to discuss and approve the Portfolio of Projects for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. In August the UNHCR local team will be holding tripod meetings between Afghanistan- Pakistan and Afghanistan - Iran.
Mr. Azizullah Omar while thanking Mr. Ayaki Ito for his overall update expressed his concerned about the lack of information on Afghan refugees in Europe, particularly those refugees who enter Europe via sea and risking their life. This life-threatening way of entering Europe often results in losing their life on the way to Europe and whether or not there is an available data on number of causalities, particularly of the refugees from Afghanistan.
Mr. Ayaki Ito said that UNHCR on annual basis is publishing a document on the refugee globally, which has a particular section on refugees from Afghanistan. He further added that there is now an established route from Turkey to Greece and then to Hungry for refugees intending to enter Europe and the UNHCR counterparts in European Union have reported an increase in the number of Afghan refugees as compared to the previous months.
Mr. Azizullah Omar notified that the issue of refugees remains a top priority for the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the Afghan government is trying to further enhance the repatriation and reintegration process in the country. Afghanistan mission in Geneva is also committed to offering its full support to making both events successful.
The 104th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) takes place in Geneva
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From 1st to 13th of June 2015, ILO convened its 104th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva bring together more than four thousand participants from around the world. President François Hollande, President Juan Carlos and the 2014 Noble prize winner Mr. Kailash Satyarthi were among the guest speakers.
Afghanistan Delegation led by H.E Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled arrived in Geneva on 30th of May 2015 and on 8th June 2015, Minister Oryakhil delivered her speech, emphasizing on solution for unemployment and under-employment, labour migration, forced labour, and child labour. H.E further added that; unemployment is still the biggest social problem in Afghanistan, which in many cases resulted in de-stabilizing security and provoked farming and trafficking of narcotics in the country. H.E Minister Oryakhil in an update on the achievement of the Afghan Government talked about the implementation of project on pension service’s reform for the government employees as well as the amended pension regulation to cover the private sector workers in Afghanistan.
Women at work initiative, the green initiative, ending poverty initiative, standard application, enterprise, social justice, forced labour and wages were among the important topics discussed during the 104th annual meeting that were supported by all delegations.
On the side-line of the meeting, in order to further strengthen relations with ILO and its member States, H.E Minister Oryakhil met the Deputy Director General of ILO and valued ILO’s assistance in developing the draft national Labour policy for Afghanistan and demanded the expansion of ILO’s activities in Afghanistan. In the course of her bilateral meetings, H.E Minister Oryakhil met her counterpart from Iraq and both Ministers agreed on exchanging information on labour skills and technical experts.
Upon the departure of H.E Minister Oryakhil, Mr. Khair Mohammed Niru, Director General of manpower and work agreement of Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled held meetings with several delegations from the region countries and the United States.
HIGH LEVEL SEMINAR ON REGIONAL COOPERATION IN TRADE IN CENTRAL ASIA
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On 3 July 2015, a high level seminar on regional cooperation in the field of trade in Central Asia was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in order to further develop support for trade in this region. Deputy Ministers and Representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended this high level meeting.
Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in his opening remarks, thanked all representatives of SPECA countries, international organizations and development partners for their readiness to new ideas with the purpose to further strengthening regional cooperation in trade in Central Asia. Mr. Vasilyev while pointing to the endowments of Central Asia stated that; “there are serious economic, political, environmental, and social risks in Central Asia and in order to overcome these risks, the region must cultivate a sense of regionalism”.
Representatives of the mentioned States discussed how the national trade development programmers in their countries can help in the implementation of sustainable development, as well as the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for countries without access to the sea, and the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
Mr. Azizullah Omar, on behalf of Afghanistan, while giving an overview about Afghanistan said; “although Afghanistan is facing a difficult period of economic and political transition; this country has made significant developmental gains over the past decade. He further added that improving trade policy, facilitating trade and transit, investing in infrastructure and connectivity, creating the right regional business environment and strengthening regional economic institutions are the main priorities for Afghanistan.
Mr. Petko Draganov, Head of the United Nations Regional Center for Central Asia, Ashgabat in his presentation stated that “Afghanistan is imposing security challenges to the Central Asia; therefore Afghanistan should be involved in Economic Development projects, to which Mr. Azizullah Omar in his concluding remarks responded that, Terrorism is an international threat and its Afghanistan that is currently the front line of combating terrorism in order to defend its Central Asian Neighbors. And in this regards Afghanistan has given more scarifies than any other nations in the World.