Govt, donors support UN’s role in Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior Afghan government, UN officials and representatives from the international donor community met in Kabul on Wednesday. It was the last of three meetings to examine the role of UN entities in Afghanistan.
The Tripartite Review Commission was established following Security Council Resolution 2210 of 16 March 2015, which renewed the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
A statement from the mission said a full examination of the role, structure and activities of all United Nations entities in Afghanistan was required in full consultation and engagement with the government of Afghanistan.
In line with the UNAMA mandate, key stakeholders, including the donor community, would examine the world body’s role in light of the completion of transition and the beginning of the Transformation Decade in accordance with the principles of Afghan sovereignty, national leadership and ownership.
Today’s meeting of the Tripartite Review Commission was co-chaired by Minister of Foreign AffairsSalahuddin Rabbani and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom, the statement added.
“While promoting greater mutual accountability, the UN should continue to build a more unified structure and integrated approach to its engagement and consolidate programmes in preparation for the eventual transition and adjustment of UNAMA’s presence in accordance with the principles of Afghan ownership and leadership,” said Rabbani.
For his part, Haysompromised: “The United Nations will continue to work closely with the government to support its priorities and the people of Afghanistan. It is critical the UN continues to provideand advocate forcontinued support, assistance and attention from the international community.”
The commission noted the value of the UN in Afghanistan: “Drawing on its global presence and international experience and resourcesand relying on its presence in the country, the UN provides focused, quality technical assistance in key areas.”
The mission also sustains funding to support transfer of long-term capacity in Afghanistan; and, through its normative role, sets, monitors and implements international standards and best practices, according to the statement.
It also supports Afghanistan in carrying out reforms, striving towards peace, fulfilling treaty obligations and engaging effectively with the international community, including operating more effectively in the international economy.
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