Baghlan programmes provide platform for voices on peace
PUL-E-KHUMRI - In an effort to help the youth have their voice heard on peace, UNAMA has worked with local media in Baghlan to help create platforms and encourage dialogue.
As in other provinces, majority of population in Baghlan is below the age of 30.
Ahmad Nasir Hairan, one of the young participants, said that youth in his province had taken part in many initiatives and efforts for peace and that he was eager to see his generation’s meaningful participation in ongoing peace talks and negotiations.
“So far the position of youth and women in peace process is not clear. We do not want to be forgotten, opportunities should be provided for us, young people coming from different parts of the country, to play our role in the process,” Hairan added.
Hairan believes active participation of young Afghans in peace process is crucial in creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful country. Baghlan youth recently drafted a proposal for changes to the High Peace Council (HPC) and Provincial Peace Committees (PPCs).
Last year several UNAMA- backed media events on democratic process and peace were organized in Baghlan. The programmes focused on practical ways to empower young Afghans in the country’s political and social life. They were broadcast by Tanweer TV and Radio Arezo to an estimated audience of 600,000 people in and around Pul-e-Khumri, the provincial capital.
Panelists in the events, including a women’s rights activist along with civil society and youth group representatives, expressed concern that many young Afghans have not been fully involved in the country’s democratic processes. Speakers urged young Afghans to strive to assume a role in the peace process.
Baghlan, situated in the country’s northeast, connects Afghanistan’s northern and northeastern regions to Kabul through the Salang Pass. The province is ethnically diverse, with most residents living in rural communities and working in agriculture.
UNAMA supports the Afghan people and government to achieve peace and stability. In accordance with its mandate as a political mission, UNAMA backs conflict prevention and resolution, promoting inclusion and social cohesion, as well as strengthening regional cooperation. The Mission supports effective governance, promoting national ownership and accountable institutions that are built on respect for human rights.
UNAMA provides 'good offices' and other key services, including diplomatic steps that draw on the organization’s independence, impartiality and integrity to prevent disputes from arising, escalating or spreading. The Mission coordinates international support for Afghan development and humanitarian priorities.