New Delhi, India, 19 February 2011: H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, spoke at the India-Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Ministerial Conference on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The hosts of the event are External Affairs Minister of India H.E. Mr. S.M. Krishna and the Secretary General of the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). Dozens of Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives of the LDCs from around the globe spoke at the event. The conference is a collaboration between the Government of India and OHRLLS under the theme, ‘Harnessing the Positive Contribution of South-South Cooperation for Development of Least Developed Countries.’
Ambassador Tanin took this opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with fellow representatives of LDC states and share Afghanistan’s rich experience with South-South and regional cooperation. Citing the success of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project; the CASA 1000 project for energy transfer from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan; and the North-Electric Power System (NEPS) project and the role they have played in the development of the region. These examples highlight Afghanistan’s commitment to the fundamental principles of South-South cooperation, and the sharing of knowledge, experiences and policies of lessons learnt and best practices.
Ambassador Tanin also emphasized Afghanistan’s potential to act as a land-bridge connecting South Asia and Central Asia and the positive influence this will have to connect Afghanistan’s region through trade in order to strengthen LDC relationships. Ambassador Tanin underscored that the “advantages of South-South cooperation must not be underestimated.”
The result of the conference is the agreement of the Delhi Declaration, which will serve as a united text to inform the work to be carried out in the upcoming UNLDC-IV conference in Istanbul, Turkey on May 9-13, 2011.
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