AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ATTENDS SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
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Afghanistan delegation led by H.E Dr. Dalil attended the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) that took place in Geneva from 19-24 May 2014. This year Health and climate change, including environmental sustainability and Post-2015 agenda were the main topics discussed by all WHO Member States. Member States also approved a resolution on health in the post-2015 development agenda, stressing the need for ongoing engagement in the process of setting the agenda. This includes a need to complete the unfinished work of the health Millennium Development Goals, newborn health, as well as an increased focus on noncommunicable diseases, mental health and neglected tropical diseases. The resolution also stresses on the importance of universal health coverage and the need to strengthen health systems.
The Afghan delegation together with the delegates from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and WHO attended the G5 meeting held on 19 May 2014. Major objective of the meeting was to share the progress reports on MDR-TB, Malaria, Poliomyelitis, and strengthening countries coordination on common health priorities. In the mentioned meeting, the Afghan delegation presented its progress report on communicable diseases and stated that Afghanistan has achieved three out of four of its objectives in eradicating Polio.
Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health signed a Cooperative Agreement with the Belarus Ministry of Public health. This agreement emphasizes on the issues such as; maternal and child health protection, medical education and training programs for medical professionals, medical products and equipment, exchange of experiences in the field of information development and management of health care system and immunization programs.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was honoured with a Resolve Award for its leadership in expanding access to essential reproductive health services. HE Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, accepted the award at a ceremony organized by the Global Leaders Council (GLC) during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Afghanistan joined the International Health Partnership and its related initiatives (IPH+). Minister Dalil signed IHP+ Global Compact on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in a signing event hosted by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health Organization. By signing this compact, Afghanistan has joined those international development agencies, bilateral organizations, and developing countries who have already signed the IHP+ Global Compact.
The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly was closed on 24 May 2014, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.
Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group holds its nineteenth Session
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The nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review working Group was held from 28 April to 9th May.
This working Group reviewed the human rights situation in the following 14 States, Norway, Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar and Nicaragua. The draft reports of the UPR Working Groups on the mentioned States were also successfully adopted.
The States under review presented their efforts in fulfilling their human rights obligations and commitments considering both positive developments as well as identifying their challenges. During the interactive dialogue between the country under review and the human rights council, States posed their questions and recommendations. Afghanistan participated in the interactive dialogues for Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Ethiopia, Qatar and Nicaragua.
The Afghan delegation commended the governments of the aforementioned countries for implementing the recommendations they had accepted during the first cycle of UPR and appreciated the efforts they have made towards the promotion and protection of human rights situation in their countries, to further accelerate the progress in areas of promotion and protection of human rights it has offered some recommendations to the esteemed high level delegations of Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Ethiopia, Qatar and Nicaragua during their UPR review.
The Human Rights Council 25th session
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The 25th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 3rd to 28th of March, bringing together once again all member and observer states and none-international organizations to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world.
On 3rd of March, President of Human Rights council delivered a statement and declared the opening of the session. Following that the High Level Segment started during which the plenary was addressed by President of the General Assembly, Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. Moreover, during the High Level Segment which continued from 3 to 6 March, 94 dignitaries addressed the plenary, including 1 president, 1 vice-president, 1 prime minister, 4 vice-prime ministers, 40 ministers, 40 vice-ministers and 7 representatives of observer organizations.
Children rights, death penalty, rights of persons with disabilities, human rights defender, peaceful protest, racism and racial discrimination, freedom of religion and belief, terrorism and torture were the important themes and issues that were focused on during the session. Moreover, the human rights situation in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Cyprus, Democratic People Republic of Korea, Guatemala, Iran, Mali, Myanmar, Palestinian territories and Somalia were discussed along the session.
In presenting her annual report on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, on 26th March, the UN high commissioner for human rights mentioned that Afghanistan is going through a vital historic moment and has voiced her concern on the issues of civilian casualties, violence against women, children involved in armed conflict and torture. Following her statement, Afghan delegation expressed its thanks to the high commissioner for her report on Afghanistan and explained the steps that Afghan Government has taken to address the human rights challenges in the country and reaffirmed the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to further protect and promote the human rights of Afghan people.
Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the UPR of Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Belize, Chad, China, Monaco, Congo and Malta in its 25th session.