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Afghan government and international community endorse way forward to long-term engagement

KABUL, 30 NOVEMBER 2011 – The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) met today and strongly endorsed in principle the process put forward by the Government of Afghanistan to address the fiscal gap that Afghanistan will face following transition.

This paper, titled Towards a Self-Sustaining Afghanistan, is intended to inform discussions to be held between the Government and the international community at the Bonn Conference next week, where more than 60 Foreign Ministers from over 100 countries and organisations are expected.

The JCMB supported the Government’s intention to fiscal sustainability through commitment to an aggressive programme of efficiency and reform; and renewed efforts to encourage economic growth, increase domestic revenue collection, improve human development and public service delivery. It was also agreed to work with the Government through the “Kabul Process” to implement the National Priority Programmes in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.

“We now have a vision and a pathway to achieving it,” said Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, adding that “good governance, and mutual accountability between the Government and its international partners will be critical for success.”

The “Kabul Process” has been gaining momentum over the past months on the strength of new Afghanistan-International Monetary Fund programme and agreement on a clear path to resolution of the Kabul Bank following its failure in September last year.

“By endorsing this paper the international community has sent the message that the Government plan is their plan. This is very encouraging for Afghan leadership and for the process of transition,” said Finance Minister Zakhilwal.

The JCMB endorsed two programmes: a National Rural Access Programme, and an Integrated Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise Support Facility Programme.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

• The Afghan Government and the international community agreed to establish a Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) for overall strategic coordination of the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact at the London Conference (January 2006) and the following United Nations Security Council Resolution No.1659.

• In June 2010 President Karzai and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon co-chaired the Kabul Conference which marked a new phase in the partnership between the Government of Afghanistan and the international community. The Kabul Conference endorsed in principle 22 National Priority Programmes and furthered the ‘Kabul Process’ indicating a heightened commitment to a secure, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.

• Please refer to the Kabul Conference Communiqué:

http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/Documents/Kabul%20Conference%20Communique.pdf

Closing Remarks Chair of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Chair of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

Closing Remarks

28 November 2011

  • Thank you all for your active participation in the first meeting of the eighth round of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform.
  • I listened carefully today to your positions, thoughts, and suggestions.
  • What I have gathered most clearly from today’s meeting is that you are all in agreement about the need for seeking progress and taking the process forward.
  • We cannot go backward from here, and cannot see the process as being locked-in place.
  • I remain committed to a fair, balanced, and membership-driven process that will move us towards finding a solution that can garner the widest possible acceptance by Member States.
  • I will be in communication with you regarding the guidance of next steps.
  • Thank you.

Opening Remarks Chair of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Chair of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

Opening Remarks

Excellencies,

Distinguished delegates,

It is a pleasure to welcome you all here today after what many noted during the recent General Assembly Plenary debate on the Security Council reform to be a long absence of intergovernmental negotiations meetings. I also wish to thank the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Al-Nasser, for his strong commitment to furthering the agenda of reform and his support for and trust in my efforts.

In the time since we last met, on the 2nd of March this year, we have seen a number of Member States initiatives take shape. I have continued to discuss the way forward and these initiatives with any and all member states or groups who have requested meetings.

-In light of my ongoing consultations, it became clear to me that the time was ripe to bring these initiatives into the Intergovernmental Negotiations. Therefore, I called the first meeting of the eighth round of negotiations in order to move the process forward in an open, inclusive, and transparent manner.

- As mentioned in my letter on the 10th of November, in this round we have available to us the Member State initiatives I circulated on the 9th of September. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on these initiatives, and share your responses. Authors of these initiatives are invited to indicate how they could be further operationalized in order to continue to move the process towards decisive progress. All other distinguished delegates are also welcome to express their views and thoughts in exploring a combination of, or a balance between, different elements of the proposals.

-You may also draw inspiration from the third revision of the text, as it encompasses all the positions submitted to me by you, the member states. Rev 3 will continue to add to an increased understanding of the positions on the table.

-Now is your time to express your current views and help shape the process. Many of you continue to express that you wish to see the wider membership becoming more creative, more flexible, and more engaged in a real negotiation rather than restating positions. This is your opportunity to do so.

-Discussions in hallways or outside of the UN have their place, but ultimately reform needs to happen here; in the end, we all come to these Intergovernmental Negotiations to take the next steps forward together.

-I remain, as chair, impartial to any position, yet partial to progress, and ready to listen to you all as we begin the eighth round.

Thank you.