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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The members of secretariat of preparing the holding of the National Peace Jirgah of the Youth of Afghanistan met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president yesterday. 
It is said that different civil foundations of the youth of the country intend to hold a peace jirgah of Afghanistan with the participation of over 2000 youth of the country. 
The members of its secretariat of the youth in their meeting with Khalili said that at this jirgah discussions will take place on peace process, struggle against corruption, and problems of joblessness and education of the youth. 
They want to ensure attraction of the youth of the country for active participation in important issues and youth from different ranks including civil activists, students, journalists, and athletes and other would participate. 
Khalili considered the youth as the pioneer segment of the people and the government for bringing about of positive changes in the country and stressed that his view is such that the youth can play a helpful role in eradication of administrative corruption in the country. 
He added that the youth of the country considering their energy is away from the negative phenomenon. 
He also considered the role of the youth in creation of unity in the country and added that the youth of the country should not allow anyone to disrupt national unity and co-existence in the country. 
He assured them that he will convey their message to the president of the country.
 

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA)
Madam. President,
I wish to begin by thanking the Government of Brazil for hosting this historic conference. It is a distinct pleasure to be here today in this beautiful city.
We have come together in Rio for a common goal: ensuring a better future for the 7 billion people sharing this earth, and committing ourselves to a healthy, secure and prosperous world. Afghanistan is convinced that through effective and result-oriented cooperation and collaboration, we can realize our shared objective for sustainable development.
I speak to you on behalf of the people of Afghanistan. Two decades of strife and conflict have brought untold suffering upon the Afghan people. Poverty, hunger, and dismal socio-economic conditions have regrettably become part of daily life for many. Roughly one third of our people live below the national poverty line. Gender gaps in both literacy and education, and meager opportunities for employment remain a challenge, and have yet to be fully addressed.
Terrorism that has its roots and support systems outside our country, environmental and geographic vulnerabilities have complicated our efforts to overcome these challenges and unleash our human, resource, trade and transit potential.

Madam. President,
Despite the obstacles at hand, Afghanistan has made considerable, historic progress in improving the lives of our citizens over the past decade, better enabling them to live in safety and prosperity.
Over the past ten years, with support from the international community, we have made many improvements: More than 8 million children are currently attending schools throughout the country and 50,000 students are enrolled in universities; close to 90 percent of our population has access to primary health services; and the rate of child and maternal mortality has decreased significantly.
Thousands of kilometers of roads have been constructed or repaired, and extensive work has been done in the area of rural development with a special focus on local community empowerment, agriculture and irrigation. Afghan women are playing an increasingly visible and tangible role in politics, culture and the economy. Together, these advances are helping to improve human capital, trade, transit, and food security.
Above all, we’ve restored the foundations of democratic governance: Afghanistan today is a young democracy with an elected parliament, elected provincial councils and a free and independent media that allow our citizens a direct say in their country’s governance.
To further our development goals, we are also working diligently to make use of our untapped natural resources. We consider our natural treasures to be a catalyst for enriching our country, attracting foreign investment, increasing the rate of employment, and contributing to our overall stability and prosperity.
Having come so far, we are now focusing on making our progress irreversible and sustainable. We acknowledge that national ownership and international partnershipsare key for sustainability of all three pillars of development.
Therefore, Madam, President, full transition to Afghan ownership and leadership is a top priority for my Government.
Currently, we are in the process of building an Afghanistan in which the needs of the Afghan people are met by the Afghan people themselves. In this regard, we are on track to assume full responsibility for security in Afghanistan by end 2014. We will continue to work closely with the international community during the Transformation Decade of 2014-2025 to address our long-term social, economic, and developmental challenges.
Continued and sustained support of the international community will be particularly important in these years to come. Despite the aspirations for sustainable growth and development, the task will be impossible for Afghanistan without sufficient means of implementation. In this respect, and as a Least Developed Country (LDC), we strongly support the implementation of Istanbul Program of Action for the LDCs ( 2011-2020) and emphasize the fulfillment of past pledges of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and an increase in the level of financial support.
Mr. President,
We have come together at this historic conference to cooperate on a global level. However, the success of Rio+20 depends on the extent to which the agreements we make here are concrete and will help improve the lives of people around the world. In this context we support global efforts to come closer together, to share experiences, technology and resources.
And from an Afghan perspective, we need these concrete agreements so that we can integrate them into our national sustainable development planning during our transformation decade between 2014 and 2025.
As a land-locked developing country, we support the Almaty Program of Action and an increased level of regional cooperation. Through various processes, including the promising Istanbul Process for building confidence and strengthening cooperation in the Heart of Asia region whose second successful ministerial meeting we hosted in Kabul just last week, we are working to restore Afghanistan’s historic role as a land-bridge connecting South Asia, Central Asia and Eurasia and the Middle East. Invoking our historical roots as a crossroads of trade routes, we hope to be at the center of regional connectivity. Opening these paths will not only help Afghans but improve the lives of people around the region. It is in this context that we see the importance of South-South cooperation, which will also complement North-South cooperation. Therefore, we support an acceleration of this process.

Madam, President,
The building of infrastructure and capacity is of the utmost importance to achieving sustainable development. Only by building up our human and physical capital can we combat endemic unemployment and poverty.
The sharing of knowledge and experience is critical to our success. This is what we have come to realize over the past ten years. Now, during our transformation decade, it is important that the sharing of technology and experience helps to create a sustainable Afghanistan.
We are pleased to see the progress that has been made on this front here at Rio and we hope to see the implementation of these transfers soon.

Madam, President,
It is my fervent hope that Rio+20 will prove to be a historic success in launching the entire world—including the Least Developed Countries-into a future of sustainable development.
I wish to reiterate my Government’s resolute commitment to helping advance cooperation for sustainable development at the international level.

Thank you
 

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The in charges of UNIMA office in Kabul say” there is no nay word about decreasing of the activities of this office in Afghanistan.
Nazifullah Salarzai the in charge of UNIMA press office talking to BNA reporter, criticized some media that they have deviated, what that office have said. UNIMA has no intention to reduce its activities in Afghanistan.
Salarzai says, “UNIMA has sent some proposals and plans for continuation of its activities in Afghanistan to UN headquarters.
The aim of which is to adopt UNIMA’s activities to the national programs of the country.
We want to adopt ourselves to the priorities of Afghan government.
Closing of a few offices in some provinces does not mean stopping or reducing the activities of UNIMA.
These announcement declared by Salarzai, after that, some media reported that UNIMA is seeking to reduce its activities in Afghanistan and has sent a report in this connection to UN organization. This information rejected by UNIMA press office.
 

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The world day on struggle narcotics was marked in presence of Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president at the Amani High School. 
It was also attended by speaker of House of people, ministers of public works, public health, women affairs, refugees and expatriates, some members of parliament, some ambassadors of friendly countries and neighboring countries and other high ranking government officials. 
To start with Minister of counter narcotics talked on the government program aimed at struggle against narcotics, cultivation, production and challenges in this respect and said that sky rocketing of the prices of narcotics at world markets, existence of smuggling networks of narcotics in the region and the world are factors for rise in production of narcotics in Afghanistan. 
He also cited to war, insecurity, joblessness, existence of terrorist networks and migration as the domestic factors leading to increase in cultivation and production of narcotics. 
He also considered coordination of the neighboring countries and training of the police forces of Afghanistan as the positive factors in the struggle against narcotics. 
Mohammad Karim Khalili addressed the meeting and said that despite measures in this respect in case more principled measures are not adopted in uprooting financing and smuggling of narcotics, it is feared that this phenomenon change into  a growing crisis in the country. 
He stressed that while most of the income of cultivation and smuggling of narcotics poured into the pockets of international mafia, the people of Afghanistan are further discredited.
He added that presently the income from the production and smuggling of narcotics are used for financing of the terrorist groupings and the mafia groups are making utmost benefit of this as well. 
He emphasized that there is need for further coordination among the departments involved in this sphere as we cannot alone achieve anything with mere talking and there is need for decisive measures against the narcotics mafia bands even if they are the higher government ranks. 
Emphasizing on the importance of cooperation of the international community and the government of Afghanistan in the struggle against narcotics, he stressed that during the past years the people of Afghanistan rarely seen that the mafia are legally punished.