The Human Rights Council 26th Session
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The 26th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 10th to 27th of June, bringing together all member and observer states and non-governmental organizations to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world.
On 10th of June, President of Human Rights council delivered a statement and declared the opening of the session. Following that Ms. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the council for the last time as High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Pillay pointed out that her office has worked impartially, based on commitment to truth, with no tolerance for double standards over six years that she was leading the office, and hoped that the Office of High Commissioner would continue its work impartially.
The main issues that 26th session of the Human Rights Council focused on were right to freedom of opinion and expression, rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, violence and discrimination against women, trafficking in persons, especially women and children, female genital mutilation, child, early and forced marriage, independence of judges and lawyers , extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, human rights of internally displaced persons, human rights of migrants, safety of journalists, human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and extreme poverty and human rights. Moreover, the human rights situation in Syrian Arab Republic, Belarus, Democratic Republic of Korea, Palestine and other occupied territories were discussed along the session.
Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the UPR of Afghanistan, New Zealand, Chile, Yamane, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Slovakia, Eretria, Dominican Republic, Viet Nam and Cambodia.
At the beginning of consideration and adoption of final outcome of the second cycle of the UPR of Afghanistan, in his statement Dr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, the head of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, provided the council with the view on the recommendations Afghanistan has during the UPR Working Group Session which was held on 27 January 2014. Mr. Hashimzai stated that Afghanistan received 224 recommendations during the working group session, where 178 of them were supported by the Afghan Government and the rest were transferred to Kabul where after the consideration 10 recommendations are accepted, 12 are rejected and 23 are still under discussions and reconsideration, to which the response will be provided in proper time.
International Labour Conference, was held in Geneva Switzerland
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International Labor Conference, 103rd Session was officially opened by Chairperson of the conference on 28 May 2014 in United Nation office in Geneva.
The main agenda of this conference was to elect members and deputy members of the ILO governing body for period of 2014- 2017.
During this annual meeting the issue of unemployed around the world especially young unemployed, fair migration, application of standards, forced Labor, Transitioning from the Informal Economy were the hot topics among several other issues during this annual meeting. In the side events there were gatherings of ministers of non alliance movements with the chairmanship of Islamic Republic of Iran and the Solidarity for Palestinian workers.
4747 from 165 member countries at level of Ministers and Pre ministers were participating in this event.
Afghanistan Delegation was led by H.E Mrs. Amina Afzali minister of Labor, Social, Martyred and disabled, the advanced group of this delegation arrived on 27 May followed by arrival of minister on 3rd , June 2014.
Among 200 speakers Minister Afzaly delivered her speech on 5th of June and emphasized on solutions for unemployed and under employed, labor migration, forced labor and child labor. In part of her speech H.E mentioned that the Afghanistan Government achieved the reform of national Labor law and other relevant regulations. Minster also announced Afghanistan 4 year social- economic development plan and exploitation of mineral resources and willing to develop the agricultural sector.
Mrs. Afzali also visited the Director General of ILO; she thanked ILO’s assistance for developing Draft of National Labor policy and expansion of its activities in Afghanistan and asked the continuation of its support to the country.
Over the course of this important visit to further deepen relations and friendship with ILO and its member countries, H.E. the minister met with a number of her counter parts from Salt ant of Oman, Qatar, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and discussed about sending Afghan workers to mentioned countries. The brotherly countries welcomed the idea and showed readiness for signing MOUs and bilateral contracts in this regard. At the same time they emphasized on skill labors as well.
AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ATTENDS SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
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Afghanistan delegation led by H.E Dr. Dalil attended the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) that took place in Geneva from 19-24 May 2014. This year Health and climate change, including environmental sustainability and Post-2015 agenda were the main topics discussed by all WHO Member States. Member States also approved a resolution on health in the post-2015 development agenda, stressing the need for ongoing engagement in the process of setting the agenda. This includes a need to complete the unfinished work of the health Millennium Development Goals, newborn health, as well as an increased focus on noncommunicable diseases, mental health and neglected tropical diseases. The resolution also stresses on the importance of universal health coverage and the need to strengthen health systems.
The Afghan delegation together with the delegates from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and WHO attended the G5 meeting held on 19 May 2014. Major objective of the meeting was to share the progress reports on MDR-TB, Malaria, Poliomyelitis, and strengthening countries coordination on common health priorities. In the mentioned meeting, the Afghan delegation presented its progress report on communicable diseases and stated that Afghanistan has achieved three out of four of its objectives in eradicating Polio.
Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health signed a Cooperative Agreement with the Belarus Ministry of Public health. This agreement emphasizes on the issues such as; maternal and child health protection, medical education and training programs for medical professionals, medical products and equipment, exchange of experiences in the field of information development and management of health care system and immunization programs.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was honoured with a Resolve Award for its leadership in expanding access to essential reproductive health services. HE Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, accepted the award at a ceremony organized by the Global Leaders Council (GLC) during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Afghanistan joined the International Health Partnership and its related initiatives (IPH+). Minister Dalil signed IHP+ Global Compact on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in a signing event hosted by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health Organization. By signing this compact, Afghanistan has joined those international development agencies, bilateral organizations, and developing countries who have already signed the IHP+ Global Compact.
The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly was closed on 24 May 2014, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.