On September 12th, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations hosted a reception in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the country’s Independence. The event, which took place at the Permanent Mission, was attended by more than 200 guests, including the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, UN Senior Officials, Permanent Representatives from Member States, Afghans working at the United Nations, and representatives of NGOs affiliated to the UN.
The event was inaugurated by Ambassador Adela Raz who delivered opening remarks, followed by a message by the UN Secretary-General which was delivered by Chef de Cabinet Ribeiro Viotti. As part of her statement, Ambassador Raz highlighted the strength, fortitude, resilience, and determination of the people of Afghanistan, in being able to overcome the most difficult times, during the nation’s history, empowered by a strong spirit of national unity. She also underlined the upcoming elections as an opportunity for all Afghans to take the polls, defying threats of violence and continue to build on achievements and lessons from the past, into the new century, the desired country of all Afghans.
The Secretary-General’s message underscored the value of the link between the United Nations and Afghanistan, highlighting the country’s important contributions, consistent advocacy of multilateralism and commitment to the fulfillment of the SDGs. The message also underlined the commitment of the United Nations and international partners to continue to work with the Afghan Government to overcome the current challenges and in that way build a future of peace and prosperity for all the people of Afghanistan.
The reception continued until 8:30 PM as participants enjoyed traditional dishes from Afghan cuisine.