High-level virtual meeting “What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan?”

On Friday 20 November at 9.00 EST / 16.00 EET, an informal high-level virtual meeting is organised on the initiative of Estonia, entitled “What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan?” The event is co-organised by UN Security Council members Germany and Indonesia, as well as Afghanistan, Qatar, Norway and Finland.

The start of the Afghanistan peace negotiations on 12 September represents a significant step forward in the efforts to end decades of conflict. However, lasting peace in Afghanistan is far from guaranteed. Violence has reached record levels in recent years and many casualties are civilians. Women and children are particularly affected by the situation. It is crucial to establish a permanent ceasefire and an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan while preserving the achievements made over the past 19 years, including upholding the rule of law and ensuring the protection of the human rights of all Afghans.

The peace process must remain Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. As the UN Security Council has a responsibility in the prevention of violent conflict and war, this meeting seeks to identify ways in which Security Council members and the international community can support the Afghanistan peace negotiations and ensure the maintenance of peace and stability for post-war Afghanistan.

 

The meeting is open to statements from co-organisers, members of the Security Council and elected members whose membership begins in 2021. Other UN member states can submit their statements in writing.

The event is in English and is powered by Global Virtual Solutions, a safe virtual event platform developed in Estonia. More information: https://globalvirtualsolutions.eu/
 

 

Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu will chair the meeting.

Introductory remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Mohammed Haneef Atmar

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: President of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

CO-SPONSORS: 

 

1. Qatar, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
2. Finland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto (378.03 KB, PDF)
3. Norway, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide (512.51 KB, PDF)
4. Indonesia, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mrs. Retno L.P. Marsudi, (109.36 KB, PDF)
5. Estonia, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Urmas Reinsalu

GUEST SPEAKERS 


1. Ms. Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA (417.05 KB, PDF)
2. Ms. Fatima Gailani, Member of Republican Negotiation Team and its contact group, Board Member of the Afghan Red Crescent Society
3. Ms. Laurel Miller, Asia Director of the International Crisis Group (286.93 KB, PDF)

SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS


1. United States of America, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mrs. Kelly Craft (367.7 KB, PDF)
2. Tunisia, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Tarek Ladeb
3. Viet Nam, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Dinh Quy Dang (295.17 KB, PDF)
4. France, Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Mrs. Nathalie Broadhurst
5. Dominican Republic, Permanent Representative, Mr. José Singer
6. Niger, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Abdou Abarry (279 KB, PDF)
7. China, Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Shuang Geng
8. Belgium, Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Mrs. Karen Van Vlierberge
9. Russian Federation, Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Ms. Anna Evstigneeva
10. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Dr. Halimah DeShong
11. South Africa, First Secetary, Ms. Harshana Goolab (286.94 KB, PDF)
12. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. James Roscoe (371.39 KB, PDF)

INCOMING SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS 


13. Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, H.E. Mr. Simon Coveney (271.8 KB, PDF)
14. Mexico, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Juan Ramón de la Fuente
15. India, Permanent Representative, H.E, Mr. Tirunelvelli Srinivasamurti Tirumurti

ANSWERS & COMMENTS FROM THE BRIEFERS 

 

1. Ms. Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA
2. Ms. Fatima Gailani, Member of Republican Negotiation Team and its contact group, Board Member of the Afghan Red Crescent Society
3. Ms. Laurel Miller, Asia Director of the International Crisis Group

CONCLUDING REMARKS

UN MEMBER STATES and OBSERVERS

 

  1. Australia, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr Mitch Fifield (205.41 KB, PDF)
  2. Bulgaria, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Georgi Panayotov (515.7 KB, PDF)
  3. European Union 27, written statement (531.84 KB, PDF)
  4. Georgia, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Kaha Imnadze (271.16 KB, PDF)
  5. Japan, Permanent Representative H.E. Ambassador ISHIKANE Kimihiro (112.66 KB, PDF)
  6. Netherlands, Permanent Representative H.E. Ms. Yoka Brandt (488.64 KB, PDF)
  7. Pakistan, Permanent Representative Ambassador Munir Akram (100.81 KB, PDF)
  8. Poland, Permanent Representative H.E. Ms. Joanna Wronecka (654.67 KB, PDF)
  9. Sierra Leone, Permanent Representative H.E. Dr. Alie Kabba (336.78 KB, PDF)
  10. Turkey, Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu (292.27 KB, PDF)
Last updated: 26 November 2020

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