Monday, October 24, 2016

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Statement By

Mr. Mohammad Erfani Ayoob

Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Chair of the Asian Group for the Month of March 2010

On behalf of the Asian Group

at the General Assembly commemorative plenary

on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Mr. President,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my honor to speak today on behalf of the Asian Group as we gather here today in honor of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Mr. President,

The transatlantic slave trade persisted for four centuries. This is longer than most of our nations have existed. It forever changed the landscape of the world: those who were ripped from their homes and transplanted thousands of miles away, over the course of generations; but also those who bear the legacy of those centuries today, in the Americas, in Africa and in Europe.

Mr. President,

It is therefore both fitting and just that we dedicate ourselves this year and every year to improving awareness not just of the manifold tragedies of the slave trade, but also of the breadth and magnificence of human strength in the face of terrible adversity. The struggles of these hundreds and thousands of brave men and women are at the very heart of this organization, an Organization dedicated to the principles of peace, sovereignty, and the fundamental equality between all men and women.

In this regard, I have the honor to thank His Excellency the Secretary-General, UNESCO and the UN Secretariat for their efforts to educate and spread awareness of the causes and consequences of the transatlantic slave trade and the need to address the racism and inequality that still exist today as a result. It is our hope that this Organization can lead the world in memorializing the suffering, but also courage, of those who bravely dedicated their lives to restoring the dignity of humanity and guaranteeing equality among all.

Mr. President,

Though thankfully the transatlantic trade in humans has ended, injustice, racism, and exploitation remain real and terrible problems all over the world. We should intensify our efforts to address discrimination, racism and social marginalization in line with the Durban Declaration. Let us find inspiration in the strength of our ancestors to fearlessly confront these modern-day tragedies with the same courage and dedication, to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will face a world that truly embodies the ideals enshrined in this Organization.

I thank you, Mr. President.

Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference

Statement by Mr. Enayet Madani, Counsellor,
Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference
Mr. President,
It is a matter of great pleasure for me to speak on behalf of Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations
in this important humanitarian High-level Conference in support of OCHA and CERF. My delegation believes that the Central Emergency Response Fund is playing a pivotal role in providing urgent humanitarian relief assistance to the most vulnerable people around the world. The CERF has proven to be an efficient component of the United Nations which allows calculated aid to reach the neediest populations when immediate action is required.

This year alone, CERF has played a critical role in supporting Afghanistan in demanding humanitarian situations. In response to drought and dramatically increased food prices, in March 2009, the amount of $ 1.5 million humanitarian relief assistance was provided to farmers through the support of initiatives by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Furthermore, the CERF provided $ 2.7 million humanitarian assistance to help Afghans survive the extreme winter through health and water-related relief efforts in February 2009.

Mr. President,
Afghanistan supports the Report of Secretary General on Central Emergency Response Fund and strongly convinced that the CERF has demonstrated as a valuable financing mechanism and remains a steady source of assistance when gaps in funds or unforeseen disaster occur.

We would like to commend the work CERF does under the wise and able leadership of Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. John Holmes. We hope that pledges made recognize the unprecedented importance of this fund in supporting impoverished and vulnerable communities around the world.

My Government would like to make a symbolic contribution of Afs 75,000 to the CERF as a token of appreciation for the dedicated work of OCHA in Afghanistan. I would encourage all those member states, especially those that have benefited directly to the CERF, to also “give such to the CERF, however symbolically as a strong statement of support.
Thank you.