Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal honored and farewelled former UN Security Council members Spain and New Zealand

saikal_mohmoudTonight a reception was organized at the Afghanistan Mission in New York. During the reception, Afghan Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nation honored and farewelled former UN Security Council members Spain and New Zealand. Spain served as penholder for Afghanistan during its two years of membership of the Security Council. New Zealand was the Chair of the 1988 and 1989 Sanctions Committees.
Ambassador Saikal welcomed new members of the Security Council Japan and Kazakhstan. Japan is the new penholder for Afghanistan and Kazakhstan is the new Chair of the Sanctions Committees.
During the reception, Ambassador Saikal also honored Germany for being a great penholder for UN General Assembly resolution on Afghanistan.
Picture: Ambassador Saikal with Ambassadors and Permanenet Representatives Oyarzun(Spain), Bohemen(New Zealand), Braun(Germany), Bessho(Japan) & Deputy Permanent Representative Sadykov(Kazakhstan).

Remarks of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Occasion of the 70th anniversary of Afghanistan’s Membership of the United Nations

Your Excellency Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations,
Friends of Afghanistan,
Friends of the United Nations,

I am delighted to join you in celebrating the 70th anniversary of Afghanistan’s membership to the United Nations.

Afghanistan is one of the oldest members of the United Nations – the first country to gain membership after the original 51 members. It is very inspiring and having seen some clips of the moments and history of Afghanistan’s engagement with the United Nations is quite inspiring. For me personally, my personal and official relationship with Afghanistan starts from 1972. So such a long time. Until now is over almost over 40 years. And I was very proud to have participated in establishing diplomatic relationship between Korea and Afghanistan in 1973. Today as we are celebrating a strong and lasting partnership between United Nations and Afghanistan, I feel very proud that I have been some part of this history, quite long history.

Over seventy years, Afghanistan has made important contributions to the United Nations. It has been a strong advocate of collective action to address common challenges. I welcome Afghanistan’s commitment to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Afghans continue to serve the Organization with dedication and distinction at all levels, from headquarters to the field.

In Afghanistan itself, our partnership is marked by close cooperation that dates back to 1949, when the first UN agencies began working in the country.

Since 2002, UNAMA – the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan – has been promoting coherent international support and working with the Afghan Government towards a secure, prosperous and democratic future for all Afghans.

This has been a challenging year for Afghanistan. The ongoing conflict and governance challenges remain a threat to the hopes and human rights of the country’s men, women and children. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have spend a lot of time, engagement, and energy to work for peace and stability of Afghanistan. I have maintained a very close relationship with the former President Karzai and current President Ashraf Ghani and CE Abdullah Abdullah. When I was working as the chef de cabinet to the President of the General Assembly, I first met Mr. Abdullah Abdullah. At that time, he was then the foreign minister and at that time the President of the General Assembly participated in the Tokyo conference in 2001. And since then I have been involved in, myself, as a Secretary-General, I have visited many times, Kabul to participate in peace conference and bilateral visits with Afghanistan’s leaders. Most recently I had a very good meeting with President Ashraf Ghani at Brussels in the margins of the international conference in Brussels which was held in Belgium, and I was honoured at that time to have been decorated with the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan from President Ashraf Ghani. And I take it as my personal honour. At that time, I told President Ghani through my brief remarks that I receive the distinction on behalf of many UN staff who have been working for peace and stability of Afghanistan.

Ladies and Gentleman,

Once again I applaud the Afghan people for their resolve. I am encouraged by the continued commitment of the international community, as clearly demonstrated at the recent Warsaw Summit and Brussels Conference. Let us redouble our efforts to translate this support into real progress.

Once again, I congratulate Afghanistan on the 70th anniversary of its membership in the United Nations and I wish the people and Government of Afghanistan continued peace and stability and prosperity and democratic institutions.

Thank you very much. Congratulations.

Ambassador Dalil speech at the 70th anniversary of Afghanistan membership to the UN, New York, Nov. 21, 2016

Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening,

I am delighted to be part of this event marking the 70th anniversary of Afghanistan membership to the United Nations. On November 19, 1946, Afghanistan joined the United Nations becoming the 52th founding member of the United Nations. Since then Afghanistan mostly demonstrated its commitment to the UN Charter in “maintaining international peace and security” for the mankind, thus “reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small”.

H.E. Suraya DalilIn the last seven decades into the UN, Afghanistan has gone through a journey of peace, stability and some degree of development in the 1950s to the 1970s; followed by an era of political instability and conflict, including times of discrimination and oppression of the people, in particular girls and women during the Taliban rule in the late 90s. Since end of 2001, the country and the nation, has experienced remarkable achievements guided by the Constitution that envisions a democratic governance in a society in which women and men have equal rights and duties. Progressive realization of human rights principles, sustained commitment on human rights, freedom of media, a growing civil society, as well as improvement in social services such as access to health care and education, and women’s participation in political, social and economic domain are among the major achievements that Afghanistan has made. We are building our national security forces while combating terror and violent extremism. We thank the international community, United Nations, NATO, European Union and all our partner countries for their continued support and engagement.

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen,

As it was mentioned by Ambassador Saikal Afghanistan, for the first time, is a candidate for the membership of the Human Rights Council for the year 2018 to 2020. We believe that we are a strong candidate because we are relevant and committed, and able to represent the multidimensional realities from the heart of Asia. Afghanistan has been a party to seven human rights instruments and ratified three optional protocols. Our government considers constructive dialogue as a valuables tool to exchange views and build consensus. As a member of the Human Right Council, Afghanistan will have the opportunity to share with other Member States its experiences, challenges, and approaches in finding solutions to issues of humanitarian nature especially in conflict affected places. We acknowledge that peace, security, development and human rights are interconnected in nature and mutually reinforcing; Afghanistan stands ready to assume its first mandate in the Human Rights Council, committed on promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedom for all through an effective international cooperation.

Your vote to Afghanistan’s candidacy to the Human Rights Council is a vote of support to sacrifices the nation is making every day in its combat against terror, it is a vote to a country that is committed and determined for a better future, and is a vote for universality of human rights principles.

My colleagues and I look forward contactıng you ın the next weeks and months here in New York, ın Geneva as well as ın your capıtals to ensure your full support and answer any questıon that you mıght have.

Thank you.


Permanent Mission of Afghanistan