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Abdullah reaffirms commitment to peace process, reform

Abdullah reaffirms commitment to peace process, reform

May 24, 2016 - 21:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah, reaffirming Kabul’s commitment to talks with its armed opponents, has said peace will elude Afghanistaninfo-icon if the region does not change its political outlook.

“We are committed to continuing peace talks through bilateral and multilateral coordination mechanisms,” the CEO said, calling reforms the cornerstone of the national unity government.

While addressing the Worldinfo-icon Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, he said stability remained a distant dream for many people who were increasingly affected by extreme poverty, natural disasters, political crises, violent extremism, water scarcity, migrationinfo-icon, forced displacement and persecution.

The incidences of natural and man-made disasters have also increased, resulting in greater human losses and mass dislocations both within the impacted nation-states and beyond.

Abdullah called for an enhanced unified vision to deliberate on the way humanitarian interventions were planned and aid delivered to ensure sustainable access to basic services.

“Afghanistan, until recently, was exemplary in terms of suffering and resilience. Our people have suffered for more than three decades from imposed conflicts. Our brave armed forces and innocent civilians have borne the brunt of it.”

The CEO promised alleviating human suffering by employing different plans and strategies through political reforms and good governance, as well as the peace process.

He also referred to the core initiatives that underpinnedthe Afghan government’s agenda aimed at reducing human suffering and restoring economic opportunities.

•Enhancingan effective partnership with humanitarian agencies, local community, academics and public actors for planning and delivering on collective conflict prevention and resolution strategies;

•Supporting cooperation with the international community on how to prevent crises and build resilience and manage complex aid relationships;

•Convening periodic, inclusive national dialogue platforms with civil societyinfo-icon, youth, womeninfo-icon’s groups and others to ensure concerns and disputes are addressed;

•Working with the donor community to build a multi-year approach to funding disasters risk reduction priorities;

•Agreeing with donors on a rapid response funding model so that funds can be pre-positioned for use rather than have to be gathered and allocated once a crisis has happened;

•Taking specific actions to comprehensively reduce risk, vulnerability and fragility as well as integrating refugees and IDPs into our national development plans, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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