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Commitment to "Kabul process" reaffirmed

Commitment to "Kabul process" reaffirmed

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Jul 26, 2011 - 20:52

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Afghan government and the international community on Tuesday concluded a series of meetings which reaffirmed their commitment to the “Kabul process,” the UN said.

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 Afghanistaninfo-icon 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 22 National Priority Programmes and furthered the “Kabul Process” indicating a heightened commitment to a secure, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.

Of the 22 National Priority Programmes developed by the government of Afghanistan over the last 18 months, seven were put forward for endorsement at the next Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.

There was strong consensus that the National Priority Programmes provided a broad-basis for true sustainability and bring tangible benefits to Afghan people across the country, it said.

Michael Keating, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, said: “Transition will only succeed with adequate investment in development, governance and the rule of law. The momentum around transition must be captured to fast-forward efforts to strengthen Afghan institutional capacity, especially at the provincial level.”

The United Nations welcomed the participation of civil societyinfo-icon representatives, the statement said, adding the UN was committed to continue its support for the “Kabul process” through its coordination role and engagement with Afghan government ministries and donors in direct support for the implementation of the National Priority Programmes.

The Standing Committee meetings, July 25 and 26, carried forward the “Kabul Process" with the seven programmes put forward for endorsement.

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