STATEMENT BY Ziauddin Amin
Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations
at the Second Committee Debate on agenda item 20: Sustainable Development
(Check against delivery)
15 October 2018
Thank you for giving me the floor. My delegation aligns itself with the statements made by Egypt on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and Malawi on behalf of the group of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals provides a visionary road map for all countries and stakeholders to strive for a world of prosperity, social inclusion, and equality, while at the same time leaving no one behind. Effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a global agenda needs stronger commitments of all member states and stakeholders in a collaborative manner.
In order to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Afghanistan, efforts have been underway over the past three years to incorporate SDGs into the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF 2017-2021), the National Priority Programs (NPPs) as well as the national budget.
As we highlighted under our voluntary report presented to the High Level Political Forum in July last year, the ANPDF, NPPs and Afghanistan’s SDGs aim to advance sustainable development through increasing productivity, creating jobs, and improving the delivery of essential services to people, among other efforts.
Further, in November this year, the Government of Afghanistan and the international community will meet in Geneva to discuss our journey towards self-reliance and sustainable development and to reaffirm our mutual commitment in the support of development in Afghanistan. Let me take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of our international partners for their support.
Technical assistance, capacity-building, and financial aid activities are strategically placed to deliver support for Least Developed and Landlocked Developing Countries as they are integrating the SDGs into their national development plans.
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy plays a key role in economic structural transformation. It is critical for Afghanistan as member of LDC more needs to be done to increase energy access. For Afghanistan, as with other countries in conflict or post-conflict situations, there are unique challenges in the achievement of sustainable development Goals.
Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is our national priority, and we are looking forward to multiplier effect across other development areas. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to build on these achievements to ensure that there is an end to discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan and anywhere.
Despite our progress on various indicators, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda constitutes a great challenge, particularly to countries in conflict and post-conflict situations, including Afghanistan. In this regard, our delegation sees the strengthening of the nexus between peace & security and development as a priority in the work of the Second Committee.
In conclusion, in light of the current challenges, we need to rethink our approaches towards supporting SDGs in fragile and conflict situations. We all agree that no one should be left behind; in our view, we need to prioritize the most in need. This requires a progressive shift away from traditional way of investing in general programs towards more targeted approaches.
I thank you