This week Permanent Representatives from the Least Developed Countries to the United Nations represented their countries in Germany at the 2011 Bonn conference on The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus. H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations was included in the LDC delegation. During the course of the visit they saw key economic and cultural sights of Germany and today met with the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Mr. Christian Wulff to discuss the policies of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as well as the need for reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Ambassador Tanin also met with Secretary of State of Federal Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ms. Cornelia Pieper along with Afghanistan’s new ambassador to Germany, H.E. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashraf, where they discussed the situation in Afghanistan as well as the recent developments in the ongoing process of Security Council reform at the United Nations. The LDC Ambassadors met with H.E. Mr. Christoph Heusgen, National Security Advisor to the Chancellor as well.
The group of Ambassadors is scheduled to travel to Bonn on Wednesday for The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus conference at which Ambassador Tanin is due to deliver remarks about the opportunities available to take on some of the energy challenges in Afghanistan and the use of small scale projects to increase not only food security but income and resource security. This conference will be vital in the run up to the Rio+20 conference and the global need to countries to focus their efforts towards sustainable development.