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Afghanistan’s resolution on IEDs adopted by the UN General Assembly

Press Release: Nov 9, 2015

On Nov 6, 2015, Afghanistan’s resolution titled “Countering the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices” was adopted by the Seventieth Session of the First Committee of the UNGA. This resolution was co-sponsored by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and United States of America.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have become a significant threat in recent years and have led to the death and maiming of thousands of civilians, UN personals and soldiers. Devastation caused by the increasing use of IEDs by terrorists, illegal armed groups, and other unauthorized recipients, which has affected a large number of countries and has resulted thousands of casualties, have posed serious challenges to the safety and security of many nations. IED attacks also negatively impact socio-economic development, infrastructure, and freedom of movement, thereby hindering post-conflict development and stability of nations.

Addressing the First Committee of UNGA, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of I.R. of Afghanistan to the United Nations said: “Afghanistan has long faced threats from IEDs and other weapons aimed to terrorize its population. By the successful adoption of this resolution, which addresses security concerns posed by IEDs, Afghanistan aims to strengthen the global awareness, information sharing, and increasing involvement of UN Secretary General to provide reports in consultation with member states on IEDs and its devastating impacts, as well as develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to counter the growing threat from IEDs”.

Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal met with the President of 70th UNGA, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft today.

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

After congratulating Mr. Lykketoft on his election of the Presidency of the General Assemby, Ambassador Saikal provided a thorough background on the situation in Afghanistan, role of the UN in Afghanistan, and the importance of international partners in Afghanistan’s development and progress.

Ambassador Saikal and President Lykketoft exchanged views on a whole range of issues including security, economic development, regional stability, and international support for Afghanistan’s development in the coming years. President Lykketoft mentioned his visits to Afghanistan and expressed his full support for Afghanistan’s transformation in the coming years.

The meeting was concluded with assurances of cooperation from both sides on matters of mutual interest. They pledged their support to work together on multiple issues through the upcoming year.

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

On Thursday, October 29 2015, H.E. Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, met with students from the Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. This group of high school students were going to represent Afghanistan at the 63rd annual Model United Nations conference.

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

Welcoming the group to the Mission, Ambassador Saikal briefed them about the history, demography, geography, culture, and current situation of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Saikal remarked that the past 14 years in Afghanistan has shown much improvement due to the collective efforts of the Government of Afghanistan, the international community, and the NGO and donor partners.

However, he highlighted that Afghanistan still faces insecurity due to the brutal attacks of the Taliban and other foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Ambassador Saikal specifically focused on the work of the National Unity Government and the challenges faced by citizens today. The problem of unemployment, little access to water and other resources, easy access to illegal arms, as well as the general economy, whose improvement is evident, but slow are significant areas of concern for Afghanistan.

He expressed hope that positive developments in strengthening the rule of law, access to education, women’s issues, and health would continue to improve.

He finally detailed his role and responsibilities as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, and the importance of improving Afghanistan´s relationships with the international community.

Ambassador Saikal’s address was followed by a question and answer session between the Ambassador and the students on a wide variety of issues.