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Opening of the virtual 2020 Afghanistan Conference

  | Tatiana Valovaya Speech

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  • It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, particularly today.
  • The continued commitment of the international community to the people of Afghanistan is a silver lining during these trying times.
  • I wish to thank the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Government of Finland for co-hosting this important pledging conference, together with the United Nations, and the Government of Switzerland for making the conference possible in Geneva.
  • Decades of sustained conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity have brought immense suffering to the proud people of Afghanistan.
  • Numerous international and local humanitarian workers are toiling tirelessly, hand in hand with the people and the Government of Afghanistan to lift millions out of conflict and poverty.
  • Development cooperation with adequate financial support is a sine qua non for a stable, safe and prosperous country. This pledging conference provides a momentous opportunity to translate political support into strong and predictable funding. I am pleased that the United Nations Office at Geneva can support this critical work.
  • Although the current pandemic situation does not allow me to welcome you all at the Palais des Nations, this fact has its own silver lining: new digital solutions enable us to hold this joint conference with the utmost transparency, inclusion and participation - the conference will not only be webcast live, but also aired on Afghan television.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  • Today is the day to reaffirm our full solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. UNOG is here to support you in this.
  • Thank you and I wish you a productive conference.
From left to right; Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Afghanistan; Abdul Hadi Arghandehwal, Minister of Finance of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Palais des Nations. 24 November 2020. UN Photo: Violaine Martin
From left to right; Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Afghanistan; Abdul Hadi Arghandehwal, Minister of Finance of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Palais des Nations. 24 November 2020. UN Photo: Violaine Martin
Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland addresses the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Palais des Nations. 24 November 2020. UN Photo: Violaine Martin
Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland addresses the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Palais des Nations. 24 November 2020. UN Photo: Violaine Martin

 

This session of the 2020 Afghanistan Conference can be watched on UN Web TV.