The 104th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) takes place in Geneva
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From 1st to 13th of June 2015, ILO convened its 104th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva bring together more than four thousand participants from around the world. President François Hollande, President Juan Carlos and the 2014 Noble prize winner Mr. Kailash Satyarthi were among the guest speakers.
Afghanistan Delegation led by H.E Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled arrived in Geneva on 30th of May 2015 and on 8th June 2015, Minister Oryakhil delivered her speech, emphasizing on solution for unemployment and under-employment, labour migration, forced labour, and child labour. H.E further added that; unemployment is still the biggest social problem in Afghanistan, which in many cases resulted in de-stabilizing security and provoked farming and trafficking of narcotics in the country. H.E Minister Oryakhil in an update on the achievement of the Afghan Government talked about the implementation of project on pension service’s reform for the government employees as well as the amended pension regulation to cover the private sector workers in Afghanistan
Women at work initiative, the green initiative, ending poverty initiative, standard application, enterprise, social justice, forced labour and wages were among the important topics discussed during the 104th annual meeting that were supported by all delegations.
On the side-line of the meeting, in order to further strengthen relations with ILO and its member States, H.E Minister Oryakhil met the Deputy Director General of ILO and valued ILO’s assistance in developing the draft national Labour policy for Afghanistan and demanded the expansion of ILO’s activities in Afghanistan. In the course of her bilateral meetings, H.E Minister Oryakhil met her counterpart from Iraq and both Ministers agreed on exchanging information on labour skills and technical experts.
Upon the departure of H.E Minister Oryakhil, Mr. Khair Mohammed Niru, Director General of manpower and work agreement of Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyred and Disabled held meetings with several delegations from the region countries and the United States.
HIGH LEVEL SEMINAR ON REGIONAL COOPERATION IN TRADE IN CENTRAL ASIA
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On 3 July 2015, a high level seminar on regional cooperation in the field of trade in Central Asia was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in order to further develop support for trade in this region. Deputy Ministers and Representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended this high level meeting.
Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in his opening remarks, thanked all representatives of SPECA countries, international organizations and development partners for their readiness to new ideas with the purpose to further strengthening regional cooperation in trade in Central Asia. Mr. Vasilyev while pointing to the endowments of Central Asia stated that; “there are serious economic, political, environmental, and social risks in Central Asia and in order to overcome these risks, the region must cultivate a sense of regionalism”.
Representatives of the mentioned States discussed how the national trade development programmers in their countries can help in the implementation of sustainable development, as well as the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for countries without access to the sea, and the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
Mr. Azizullah Omar, on behalf of Afghanistan, while giving an overview about Afghanistan said; “although Afghanistan is facing a difficult period of economic and political transition; this country has made significant developmental gains over the past decade. He further added that improving trade policy, facilitating trade and transit, investing in infrastructure and connectivity, creating the right regional business environment and strengthening regional economic institutions are the main priorities for Afghanistan.
Mr. Petko Draganov, Head of the United Nations Regional Center for Central Asia, Ashgabat in his presentation stated that “Afghanistan is imposing security challenges to the Central Asia; therefore Afghanistan should be involved in Economic Development projects, to which Mr. Azizullah Omar in his concluding remarks responded that, Terrorism is an international threat and its Afghanistan that is currently the front line of combating terrorism in order to defend its Central Asian Neighbors. And in this regards Afghanistan has given more scarifies than any other nations in the World.
AFGHANISTAN MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH ATTENDS SIXTY-EIGHTH WORLD HEATH ASSEMBLY
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The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015. It was attended by delegations from all WHO Member States, as well as representatives from many agencies, organizations, foundations and other groups that contribute to improving public health. Its main functions were to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, review and approve the proposed programme budget.
The Afghan Delegation led by H.E Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Public Health Minister of Afghanistan, attended the 68th session of World Health Assembly. This year a series of technical briefing and discussions on health in the post 2015 sustainable development goals, Ebola outbreak, climate and health and cancer prevention and control were included in the 68th Agenda. H.E. Minister Ferozuddin Feroz was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Sixty-eight Session of the World Health Assembly.
On May 20, 2015 H.E Minister Ferozuddin Feroz delivered his speech at the plenary session, focusing on building resilient health system in Afghanistan, implementing anti-corruption measures, strengthening access to primary health care, improving the quality of both management and care, better specialist tertiary care especially through public-private investment partnerships.
On the Side-line of the 68th Assembly, Afghanistan together with Canada and Mozambique co-sponsored a side-event on “strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, particularly against women and girls”. H.E Minister Ferozuddin Feroz accompanied by H.E Ambassador Tarzi held Bilateral meetings with the head of the delegation from United Arab Emirates, Iran, Belarus, Australia, Bill Gates Foundation and Doctors without borders. The Afghan Delegation furthermore participated in the 8th Ministerial meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
The 68th Session of the World Health Assembly closed on 26th May 2015 passing resolution on air pollution, epilepsy and laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors.