Pakistan will attend an international conference on Afghan peace and development in Geneva on Nov. 27-28, officials say.Special Secretary at the Foreign Office Shah Jamal will lead Pakistani delegation at the conference, official sources said.
The UN, which is organizing the conference, says the delegates will show solidarity of the international community with the Afghan people and the government in their efforts for peace and prosperity; and for the Afghan government to renew its commitment to development and reform.
“This is a crucial moment for the government and international community to demonstrate progress and commitment, and maintain the momentum for elections and opportunities for peace,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said.The conference will also be an opportunity to emphasise the importance of the development and reform agenda and the need to advance it as a constructive contribution to peace and security, UNAMA said.
This particular conference will also be crucial in measuring results against the $15.2 billion committed by the international community for Afghanistan in 2016.
The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan will be held between two pledging conferences: the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (2016) and the next pledging conference expected to be held in 2020.“Pakistan attends every process and conference which helps in peace, security and development in Afghanistan,” the official said.Besides taking part in different events, Pakistani delegates will also speak during a side event on
“people on the move” focusing on the refugees.
Pakistan still hosts nearly 2.4 million Afghans, now three categories — registered with a proof of registration cards, those documented recently, who have Afghan Citizenship Cards and undocumented.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, first lady Rula Ghani, Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Finance Humayon Qayoui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi and representatives of the USAID, JICA, WFP, WTO and IOM will attend the conference.
There will be side meetings on anti-corruption, growth development, human rights, regional connectivity and infrastructure, Afghanistan SDGs and women peace process. A joint communiqué will also be issued at the end of the conference.