International Conference on Afghanistan 2009

A Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context

Under the auspices of the United Nations and the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a high-level conference on the future of Afghanistan will be held in The Hague on 31 March 2009.

Left to right: Maxime Verhagen, Ban ki moon, President Karzai and Prime Minister Balkenende. Photo: Cynthia Boll
Left to right: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Maxime Verhagen, Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Building on the achievements of earlier conferences held in Bonn, London and Paris, this conference reaffirms the solid and long-term political commitment of the international community in assisting the Afghan government in building a better future for Afghanistan and its people.

The attendees will include delegates from countries that border Afghanistan or are part of the wider region, countries that are part of the International Security Assistance Force and other countries and organisations that are contributing to reconstruction in Afghanistan. The conference provides a platform for political discussion on the current state of affairs and future perspectives, acknowledging the importance of regional aspects of these issues.

The conference will be co-chaired by Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Kai Eide, Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Ranghin Dadfar Spanta and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen.

For further information please visit the official website, which will be opened on Monday march 16.Welcoming remarks by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende

Conference Details:

1. Welcoming remarks by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
2. Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai
3. Statement by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
4. Statement by Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta
5. Statement by UN Special representative for Afghanistan Kai Eide
6. Read the final declaration.

Please check special Conference on Afghanistan convened under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization :

1. Foreign Minister Spanta addresses Special SCO Meeting on Afghanistan

2. Declaration of the special Conference on Afghanistan convened under the
auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, 27 March 2009

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