Sunday, November 29, 2015

President Karzai’s message on the International Day of Peace

My fellow citizens,
Brothers and Sisters!

September 21 has been declared as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. People around the world commemorate this day to strengthen the ideals of global peace. We Afghans, more than any other nation in the world, realize the value of peace. In a world where conflicts and unrests claim thousands of lives each day, our nation bears the heaviest burden.

One day ceasefire may be symbolic, but it symbolizes peace as the greatest ever aspiration of the mankind. I order every member of the Afghan Armed Forces not to resort to force on this day, except when attacked. I also call upon the international forces, stationed in Afghanistan, not to resort to force, but for defensive reasons. Taking this opportunity I would also call on those who are fighting against our country, for whatever reason, to cease fire in honor of this day.

I hope that this day becomes the beginning of an enduring peace in our country and the world.
Hamid Karzai
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Afghanistan to top Security Council agenda this month

Afghanistan will top the United Nations Security Council agenda later this month when the fifteen member Council is expected to debate the Secretary-General’s quarterly report on the situation in Afghanistan.

The Council is also expected to receive a briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide.

Afghanistan went to the polls on 20 August to choose a president and members of 34 provincial councils. These were the first Afghan-led elections in over thirty years. The Security Council welcomed the “historic” poll and condemned the actions of “extremist groups” who sought to disrupt them. UN envoy, Kai Eide, said holding elections across Afghanistan despite significant logistical and security challenges marked “an achievement for the Afghan people”.

The Security Council is expected to hear Mr Eide’s analysis of the Afghan elections and discuss post-election priorities for the international community’s work with the next Government of Afghanistan. The UN envoy recently called for a ‘massive institution building’ programme that will enable Afghans to take over the reins of development efforts across the country.

Other topics of discussion for the Council are likely to include the Secretary-General’s plans to strengthen the United Nations Assistance Mission and the benchmarks requested by the Council at their last meeting on Afghanistan held in June . These benchmarks will be used to measure progress of the mission’s efforts in Afghanistan and are expected to focus on institution -building, security, economic and social development issues.

By Aleem Siddique, UNAMA

UN Envoy Urges Next Afghan Government To Make Institution Building A National Priority

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan, Kai Eide today urged the country’s future government to take the lead in managing Afghanistan’s development through a new and “massive institution-building programme”.

At the same time he welcomed the launch of a project that will see 15,000 civil servants trained in the essential skills needed for a capable and professional Afghan bureaucracy.

Speaking in front of a classroom at Afghanistan’s Civil Service Institute in Kabul Special Representative of the Secretary-General Kai Eide said focus would be needed in five areas for institution-building to succeed:

“I see this programme consisting of several key elements; Firstly the development of human capacity. This will require broad and ambitious training programmes, short-term for those who are the civil servants of today and long term for those who will serve the civil service of tomorrow; Secondly the development of the physical capacity of infrastructure on the ground. Today, for instance, only half of district governors have offices; Third, the development of technical capacity or IT, enabling the Government to be effective and stimulate interaction between the various layers of the administration. Fourth, the development of incentives that can attract administrators in various parts of the country. And lastly, the development of a culture of accountability that will convince the people that local administration are their servants and only have their concerns in mind.”

Around 15,000 civil servants are set to benefit from essential training in accounting, procurement, project management, policy making and human resources under the project launched today.

The Capacity Building on Five Common Functions Project was developed by Afghanistan’s Civil Service Commission with the assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) and funding from the United States. The project will begin by developing a standard Afghan curriculum across five common functions, which will then be taught to 4000 key staff in Kabul and 11,000 officials from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan over the next two years.
Strategic Communication and Spokespersons Unit
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Kabul, Afghanistan