Statement by Mr. Mohammad Erfani Ayoob, Deputy Permanent Representative
of Afghanistan to the United Nations
Before The Meeting of the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Your Excellency, President Sampaio,
Thank you for leadership and continued efforts to advance the goals of UNAOC.
I would like to welcome the presence of HE. Dr. Khalid Muhammad Al-Attiayah, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the State of Qatar and thank him for a comprehensive presentation on the upcoming Doha Forum.
My delegation gives high importance to the work of AoC to serve the common aspiration of the International Community to peaceful co-existence, security, development and global governance. Given the highly integrated nature of our world today, promoting and fostering diversity as well as cultural and religious understandings is the only path to reducing polarisation and extremism and creating a cooperative global community. Creating networks and partnerships with governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector in an inclusive and consultative manner is the key to achieving these important goals.
Afghanistan historically being a connecting pointt beween different cultures and civilizations and a country where people from various cultures and believes lived side by side in peace and solidarity during centuries, is fully committed to the goals and objectives of UNAOC. Afghanistan is taking necessary steps toward the implementation of Alliance’s goals, among them to build a national consensus on how to promote national reconciliation and reintegration for peace, security, development and human rights. As well as through using its Millennium Development Goals as a paradigm for achieving UNAOC objectives in the key fields of education, youth, media, gender equality and reintegration of returnees and IDPs.
We welcome the thematic approach of leading discussions in the area of religious diversity and inter-religious dialogue, and appreciate the Alliance’s attention to this important topic in various regional and international forums. We believe that fostering diversity, awareness and understanding about religion and religious diversity through inter-religious dialogues and forums is a first and constructive step towards decreasing religious extremism, polarisation and guarantees the social cohesion in today’s globalized world.
Finally Mr. President, we fully support the proposed Replenishment Mechanism and believe that in order for UNAOC to continue its invaluable work, a funding structure, based on country contributions, is much needed. Afghanistan, considering its financial and developmental challenges, just recently made its symbolic contributions to UNAOC trust fund, to show our support and commitment to the work and objectives of the Alliance.
In conclusion, we look forward to engaging in the important discussions, ideas and suggestions today as well as participating in the Doha Forum. Taking this opportunity, my delegation would like to thank the State of Qatar and in particular Her Highness Sheikha Moza for the commitments to the Alliance’s goals and wish the State of Qatar every success in hosting the 4th Forum of UNAOC. We believe that the Doha Forum, will create a fresh momentum for us in furthering the instrumental objectives of the Alliance in creating a more understanding and cohesive global community.