Ministry of Finance Senior Officials Graduate with an Executive Master’s Degree
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On 28 February 2014, 20 senior officials from Afghanistan Ministry of Finance graduated with an Executive Master’s degree in Development of Policies and Practices (DPP) from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. The Program that was initially launched last year with the internal fund of Ministry of Finance and with the technical support of UNITAR, consisted of 3 modules that started in Abu Dhabi, continued in Istanbul and Kabul and finally completed in Geneva.
H.E Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance prior to attending the graduation ceremony, met with Ms. Sally Fegan Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR at the UN Headquarter to sign the second edition for the implementation of Executive Master’s program for an additional 20 officials from the Ministry of Finance for the academic year of 2014-2015. The graduation ceremony that was held at the Graduate Institute of Geneva auditorium, commenced with a welcoming remark by Mr. Philippe Burrin (Director of Graduate Institute of Geneva) then, Ms. Wyles in her statement thanked H.E Mr. Zakhilwal for his commitment to improving the capacity of its employees and Mr. Tarzi for his support. Ms. Wyles also congratulated all the graduates for successfully completing their program, particularly the participants from Afghanistan who had shown an excellent performance in addition to their full time employment in the Ministry.
H.E Dr. Nanguyalai Tarzi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office, while hosting a reception for the participants at the Embassy a day before the graduation ceremony, stressed on the significance of such training programs on employee’s development and enhancement for an effective service delivery.
H.E Dr. Zakhilwal invited as a chief guest, congratulated the graduates and provided an update on the development and progress made so far in the Ministry of Finance. The graduation ceremony was followed by a cocktail reception.
Afghanistan Presents its National Report to the Second Cycle of the UPR Working Group
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The eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group under its second cycle was held from 27 January to 7 February during which New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Cambodia, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, the Dominican Republic and Viet Nam were reviewed.
Afghanistan’s review scheduled on 27th of January was presented by Afghan delegation headed by Mr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, Senior Advisor of Ministry of Justice. The Troikas for Afghanistan were United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Benin who acted as rapporteurs. During the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan 89 States presented their statements, questions and recommendations.
While acknowledging the current challenges Afghanistan is facing, most of countries that participated in the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan commended the Government of Afghanistan for its active role in protecting and promoting the Human Rights of its citizen and appreciated all policies and strategies developed by the Government to advance the right to health including the development of a public health program entitled as “Health for All Afghans”. States also praised the Government of Afghanistan for developing a national action plan on women, peace and security for post 2014 and adopting additional measures for greater participation and protection of women.
Afghanistan received a total of 222 recommendations, out of which it accepted 178 recommendations, rejected 12 recommendations and the remaining recommendations will be soon considered by the Government of Afghanistan and will report back to the Human Rights Council.
The Adoption of the draft report of the UPR Working Group on Afghanistan was successfully adopted on Friday, 31st January 2014.