Remarks on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Afghanistan

Remarks on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Afghanistan




New York, 12 September 2019

Your Excellency Ambassador Raz,


Colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to join you on this important occasion and to deliver a message from the SG, and I quote:

“Your Excellency Ambassador Raz,

I am delighted to congratulate you and the Government and people of Afghanistan on the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence.

Having joined on 19 November 1946, Afghanistan is one of the oldest members of the United Nations – and indeed was the first country to gain membership after the original 51 members. 

Afghanistan has made important contributions to this Organization, as a consistent advocate of multilateralism.

I welcome Afghanistan’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Afghans have served with dedication and distinction in the United Nations at all levels, including as Special Representatives.

I am grateful to the people of Afghanistan for this active engagement.

Our cooperation on the ground in Afghanistan itself 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 facilitated international efforts to assist the Afghan Government in delivering peace, development and human rights to all Afghans.

Guided by the principles of Afghan leadership and ownership, UNAMA embodies the values of the UN Charter and the enduring commitment of the United Nations to work towards a secure, prosperous and democratic future for all Afghans.

I am hearted by the resolve and commitment of the Afghan Government and people to overcome the current challenges and build a future of peace and prosperity.

I am also encouraged by the continued commitment of the international community, as evidenced during last year’s Geneva Ministerial Conference, co-hosted by the Afghan Government and the United Nations.

Let us redouble our efforts to ensure that this support is translated into real progress on the path towards self-reliance for Afghanistan and into tangible improvements for its people.

As we look to the future, Afghanistan can be proud of its contributions to the family of nations.

I look forward to even further strengthening our partnership in the years to come.

Congratulations again on this milestone.” 

Thank you.

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