Press Release: Nov 9, 2015
On Nov 6, 2015, Afghanistan’s resolution titled “Countering the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices” was adopted by the Seventieth Session of the First Committee of the UNGA. This resolution was co-sponsored by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and United States of America.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have become a significant threat in recent years and have led to the death and maiming of thousands of civilians, UN personals and soldiers. Devastation caused by the increasing use of IEDs by terrorists, illegal armed groups, and other unauthorized recipients, which has affected a large number of countries and has resulted thousands of casualties, have posed serious challenges to the safety and security of many nations. IED attacks also negatively impact socio-economic development, infrastructure, and freedom of movement, thereby hindering post-conflict development and stability of nations.
Addressing the First Committee of UNGA, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of I.R. of Afghanistan to the United Nations said: “Afghanistan has long faced threats from IEDs and other weapons aimed to terrorize its population. By the successful adoption of this resolution, which addresses security concerns posed by IEDs, Afghanistan aims to strengthen the global awareness, information sharing, and increasing involvement of UN Secretary General to provide reports in consultation with member states on IEDs and its devastating impacts, as well as develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to counter the growing threat from IEDs”.