Kabul conference aimed at shared goals for Afghanistan, donors: UN

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A meeting of the 14th Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) on Thursday allowed the Afghan government to share goals for its future with international donor partners, Farhan Haq, the associate spokesperson to the UN secretary-general, said in United Nations Thursday.

The JCMB is a group that tracks the progress of Afghanistan in meeting the objectives of the 2006 Afghanistan Compact, an international agreement on how peace and security are to be attained in the country.

The board is in the process of preparing for the Kabul Conference, also known as the International Conference on Afghanistan, to be held on July 20 of this year. Officials from over 70 countries are slated to attend.

"The purpose of the Kabul Conference is for the government to set out its priorities and for donor countries to realign their assistance around these programs to achieve meaningful improvements in the lives of Afghan citizens," Haq said at a daily news briefing. "It is not a conference for new promises or funding pledges."

Dr. Omar Zahkilwal, the Afghan minister of finance, stated that the focus of the Kabul Conference will be "Afghan priorities for Afghan people."

At Thursday's JCMB meeting, Afghan government officials discussed the country's desire to focus on improving economic development, fighting corruption, encouraging better governance, and engaging in more economic, social, and cultural interactions with the surrounding region.

Peace, security and reconciliation were also bywords at the meeting, as Afghan officials seek to deliver on promises made at the June "peace jirga," a council meeting of Afghan domestic leaders meant to help spur mediation between opposing groups.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special representative of the UN secretary-general for Afghanistan and co-chair of the JCMB has praised the 23 national priority programs crafted by the Afghan government in preparation for the Kabul Conference.

"These programs are evidence of transition to Afghan responsibility and leadership," he said.

This JCMB meeting is the most recent of many events leading up to the Kabul Conference. Domestic gatherings like the peace jirga, meetings in Madrid, Washington, and Tokyo, and the London Conference in January have been integral to the preparation process as well.

Source: Xinhua


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