Palwasha Hassan Speech in Geneva Conference on Afghanistan:
Today at high level Meeting, at Geneva conferee side event on Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals. I have been representing Civil society as chair of ACBAR where the main messages were:
1. Sustainable development is more needed than ever where poverty is rising, drought and man made disaster making living condition for all Afghan hardship!
2. NGO community is eager to achieve these collective goals (SDG) by contributing to implementing, monitoring and strengthening the partnership with government and international community.
3. Civil society needs an enabling environment to achieve a sustainable future for all Afghans to be self-reliant.
Goal of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan:
The goal of the conference was to show the 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 was 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 conference was also 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. This particular conference was also crucial in measuring results against the $15.2 billion committed by the international community for Afghanistan in 2016.
The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan took place between two pledging conferences: the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (2016) and the next pledging conference expected to be held in 2020.