32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Geneva
- Category: Humanitarian
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The 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent was held from 8th to 10th of December 2015 in the Geneva International Conference Center under the theme of “Empowering Humanity”. The conference was opened by H.E Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation, proceeded by the election of Ms. Fatima Gailani, President of Afghan Red Crescent Society, as the President of the 32nd conference. More than 190 countries and national societies as well as representatives from Academic, NGOs, civil societies attended the conference.
H.E Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Permanent Representative of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who was accompanied by Mr. Nazir Ahmad Foshanji, Third Secretary, in her statement noted that appointment of Ms. Fatima Gailani, President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, as President of the 32nd Conference, is a matter of honor for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and a good representation of Afghans in the international arena.
H.E Ambassador Dalil further added that Afghanistan is a country affected by both chronic conflict and natural disasters, and highlighted the government’s commitment to the peace process, respect for International Humanitarian Law and prohibition of use of weapons which create indiscriminate effects, as well as condemnation of civilian casualties during the conflict.
The following resolutions were adopted by consensus at the conference:
1. Strengthening international humanitarian law, protecting persons deprived of their liberty,
2. Strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law,
3. Strengthening legal frameworks for disaster response, risk reduction and first aid,
4. Sexual and gender-based violence: joint action on prevention and response,
5. Health care in danger: continuing to protect the delivery of health care tougher,
6. The safety and security of humanitarian volunteers,
7. Strengthening the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement response to growing humanitarian needs,
8. Dissolution of the Augusta Fund and allocation of the capital to the Florence Nightingale Medal Fund Revision of the Regulations for the Florence Nightingale Medal,
9. Power of Humanity.
10. Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement on Operational Arrangements dated 28 November 2005 between the Palestine Red Crescent Society and Magen David Adom.
Moreover, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva and the Afghan Red Crescent Society participated in the election held for the five members of Standing Commission of International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The 14th meeting of the States parties to the Anti-Personel Mine Ban Convention
- Category: Disarmament
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H.E Mr. Wais Ahmad Barmak, State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs and Mr. Mohamad Shafiq Yousufi Director of Mine Action Coordination, accompanied by H.E Ambassador Suraya Dalil and Nazir Ahmad Foshanji third Secretary attended to the 14th meeting of the states parties to the Anti-Personel Mine Ban Convention, which took place from 30 November to 4 December 2015 in Geneva. The meeting was opened by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium.
H.E Minister Barmak in his speech expressed the commitment of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in making the country free from landmines by 2023, through following the norms of the convention and those actions endorsed on the plan by the states parties. He added, since the creation of the Afghanistan Mine Action Program in 1989, we have successfully cleared vast areas in the country, reducing the impact of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) as well as contamination on the lives and livelihoods of civilians. Between 2001 and 2013, the number of casualties fell significantly from a monthly average of 175 to 36. He has continued that since 2013, I am sad to say the number of casualties has risen again to a monthly average of 102 during 2015. The cause of these casualties is primarily not the legacy of past conflicts and the conventional landmines left behind, but rather it is from the fighting of recent years that creating new ERW and new forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
At this meeting, the Afghan delegation delivered statements on Article 5 about the extension of mine clearance in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2023, achievements and progress regarding the victim assistance obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) and other relevant conventions with regards to the victim assistance.
On the margin of this meeting, H.E Minister Barmak received Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and Mr. Bruno Donat, Chief of Geneva Office United Nation Mine Action Service (UNMAS) separately to strengthen the relationship and collaboration between GICHD, UNMAS and Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA).