Director-General for the United Nation Office in Geneva receives Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation
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Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation, was received by H.E Mr. Michael Møller Director-General for the United Nation Office in Geneva.
At the commencement, Mr. Omar congratulated H.E Mr. Møller on his appointment as Director General for the Geneva UN office and acknowledged the work of UN globally and more precisely in Afghanistan. The United Nations has had an active presence in Afghanistan since 1988 and it is highly appreciated by Afghans. The United Nations has taken variety of programs for the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan such as; strengthening the central and local government of Afghanistan, reducing corruption, and assisting with Presidential elections.
H.E Mr. Møller, while thanking Mr. Omar for his courtesy visit added that, UN with its member States in Geneva has a joint mission; UN by itself cannot independently function as long as there is no support from the members States. He further added that, in order to implement the SDGs, it would be better if Missions in Geneva deploy more technical staff in order to obtain more tangible outcome.
On the sideline of the fruitful diplomatic conversation, Mr. Omar spoke about the engagement of Afghans in the UN system. Previously Afghans have had several key positions in the United Nations Offices, but unfortunately that number is frequently decreasing. Furthermore, Mr. Omar brought to the notice of H.E Mr. Møller that Afghanistan is not fully in all UN reports. UN has a wide range of publications and it worth including the challenging progress and achievement of Afghanistan.
As closing remarks, Mr. Omar, appreciated all work of the United Nations Office in Geneva and reassured H.E Mr. Møller that Afghanistan will continue to support the work of United Nation.
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 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 tri-party 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.