Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Mr. chair,

At the outset, let me congratulate you on your appointment as the president of this council and assure you of Afghanistan’s full support and cooperation in your presidency.
My delegation welcomes the Lebanese Republic as a new member and international Commission on Missing Persons as observer.

Mr. chairman,

Let me once more remind ourselves that the world is facing unprecedented challenges. New crisis situations continue to emerge around the globe, and older ones remain unattended or unresolved. Millions of people leave their villages, cities and countries, turning in to IDP’s, asylum seekers or migrants. Afghanistan, like several other nations is facing all three challenges at the same time. Addressing these inter-connected challenges at all levels, national, regional and international have made the IOM a crucial partner for the member states, be it a country of origin, transit or host.

Mr. chair,

Afghanistan, for long, has been a strong advocate of IOM’s mission and programs around the world. We support the GCM and its initiative for safe, orderly and regular migration with obligation for States to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of individuals within its territory and practice non-discriminatory approach to preserve safety, physical integrity and dignity of the migrants. I also want to stress that all of us have a responsibility to ensure that no one, including migrants’ communities that are among the most vulnerable, becomes victim of xenophobia, racism and discrimination. A collective response from all of us in the international community is required to address the issue and mitigate the risk.

Mr. chair,

In Afghanistan, IOM is an integral part of very successful inter-ministerial coordination mechanisms for humanitarian assistance and repatriation. Conscious of the need to strengthen synergies between international migration and development and exchange best practices at the regional and inter-regional level, we have offered to lead the Colombo Process for the next two years. We look forward to meeting the representatives of the member and observer states. Indeed, dialogue at all levels, is essential to identify and conceptualize issues, as well as explore possible solutions responding to the challenges posed by the movement of persons.


Mr. Chair,

Voluntary, safe and dignified return and reintegration of Afghan refugees and migrants are at the center of our efforts. Since 2002, 5.2 million Afghan refugees and 5 million undocumented migrants have returned to the country. My government, with the help of international organizations including IOM, UNHCR and others is supporting this process.

Important and Significant initiatives have been undertaken to ensure the inclusion of displaced persons and returnees in our national programming, including addressing land issues for returnees through implementation of Presidential Decree 305 on Land Allocation, investing in provinces of high return and displacement and working together to ensure return and reintegration is sustainable and that the root causes of displacement and humanitarian needs are addressed. We have identified and prioritized 15 priority areas of return and reintegration that have absorbed higher number of returnees and where our Citizen’s Charter and other National Priority Programs are also delivering projects. In addition, five new areas will be identified for our 2020 strategy.

Mr. chair,

We urge better and enhanced cooperation and coordination between the IOM office in Kabul and our relevant departments. Without an enhanced level of coordination, we will not be able to achieve desired outcomes and bilateral and trilateral pledges will be wasted.

Mr. Chair,

Given the nature of challenges and multiplicity of expectation mentioned at the beginning of my speech and echoed by most of my other fellow PRs, administrative and financial reform of the IOM and a continuous drive to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the Organization is an urgent priority. This is the reason why my delegation supports, in principle, the amendments and reform proposal by DG Vitorino. We are confident that the proposed reform will also increase the geographical diversity and representative nature of the IOM’s leadership.


Mr. Chair,

To conclude, my delegation would like to thank you your vice chair, the previous chair and vice chairs and IOM staff for their diligent work of preparing for this 110th meeting. Let me once more assure you of my government strong support and cooperation.

I thank you Mr. Chair,

Afghanistan Embassy and Permanent Mission to Geneva marked the Centenary of Afghanistan's Regaining of Independence in a reception attended by dignitaries from Switzerland, UNOG, International Organisations, Permanent Missions, and Representatives from Civil Society and Afghan Community in Switzerland. Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha welcomed the honorable guests to the reception featuring Traditional Afghan Cuisine, Saffron tea and a piece of folklore musical performance, and presented a glimpse of the Journey Afghanistan went Through over the past century outlining the achievements and the challenges ahead.

Ambassador Nasir Andisha paid a courtesy visit with the UAE Ambassador Obaid Salem Saeed Nasser Alzaabi at the permanent mission of the UAE in Geneva today April 9, 2019. They had a very productive and indepth discussion on the areas of priorities, enhancing cooperation within the UN system, in particular human rights council, the importance of the Universal Periodic Review, the opportunities and challenges of the OIC group in Geneva, the situation of human rights in the region and developments in the peace process in Afghanistan. The UAE ambassador is the chairman of the OIC group for this year in Geneva.

Dr.Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassadors and PR of I.R of Afghanistan in Geneva met Mr. Yu Jianhua Ambassador and PR of the People’s Republic of China. The two sides discussed various aspects of Afghanistan-China bilateral relations, ways and means of enhancing cooperation& coordination at multilateral level here in Geneva. Peace, Rights&Development.

Dr.Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassadors and PR of I.R of Afghanistan in Geneva met Mr. Yu Jianhua Ambassador and PR of the People’s Republic of China. The two sides discussed various aspects of Afghanistan-China bilateral relations, ways and means of enhancing cooperation& coordination at multilateral level here in Geneva. Peace, Rights&Development.

Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha met with Mr. Richard Bennett, Chief of Human Rights Service of the UNAMA and had in-depth discussion on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, our role in issues related to the UNHRC, peace process and its link with the HR commitments, upcoming UPR review, providing technical assistance for the promotion and protection of HR. April 12, 2019

The Permanent Representative of the I.R of Afghanistan to the UNOG, Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha had a courtesy meeting with the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNOG, Ambassador, Gennady Gatilov. At this meeting, they discussed respectively issues pertaining to enhancement cooperation within the Geneva based UN system in particular the UN Human Rights Council, overall aspects of peace negotiation in Afghanistan and the long historical ties between two countries. April 15, 2019.

The Permanent Representative of the I.R of Afghanistan to the UNOG, Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha had a meeting with the head of the EU delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador, Walter Stevens. In this meeting they discussed about EU’s long term supporting peace, reconciliation and development. Afghanistan –EU cooperation in UN- Geneva and Afghanistan’s candidacy for IOM DDG.

Mr. Karzai appreciated the cooperation of UNHCR for the Afghan refugees and internally displaced and gave information on the political and security situations, peace process, political and regional connectivity processes, parliamentary and presidential elections, and migration crisis.

Mr. Grandi emphasized the continuation of the commission’s cooperation regarding the world’s refugees not least the Afghan refugees and internally displaced.

Both sides discussed and exchanged opinion on the agenda for the meeting on Afghanistan due to be held in November 2018 in Geneva.

Afghanistan Chairs the Executive Committee that is the governing body of UNHCR in the current year. The Committee meets in Geneva.

Afghanistan as Coordinator of health and social issues called a meeting of Ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Group on Monday May 14, 2018 at the UNOG. The agenda of the meeting was: briefing of Ambassador Dalil of her visit to Rohingya refugees’ sites at Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh, briefing by WHO Director General Dr Tedros A. Ghebreyesus to the group, Palestine issues at the 71th session of the World Health Assembly, and the OIC briefing on the last OIC Health Ministers Conference and Labor Ministers Conference

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