Civil Society, government come together to improve public life in Baghlan
PUL-E-KHUMRI - Communities are forging ties with provincial government to strengthen peace building, reduce conflicts and promote good governance in the province.
At an event facilitated by UNAMA, over 30 participants from government, civil society and women organizations gathered for dialogue and to strengthen cooperation aimed at improving coordination and efficiency in delivery of basic services such as education and health, particularly to rural and isolated districts. Other key issues identified as requiring attention were the prevention of corruption and land grabbing.
An official from the Baghlan Provincial Governor’s Office, Zuhal Saifi, stressed the need to involve all stakeholders, particularly women and youth. “Peace and development should be inclusive and collective in order to be long lasting,” said Ms. Saifi, a gender advisor to the governor. “I request that civil society support women and youth and give them an opportunity to contribute and demonstrate their skills.”
Baghlan province connects north and northeastern provinces through the Salang Pass with Kabul and is home to significant industries, including textiles, large cement and sugar factories.
The one-day event was part of a broader UNAMA initiative aimed at supporting local peace and engagement between government and key development stakeholders in the province.
UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and the people of Afghanistan as a political mission that provides 'good offices' among other key services. 'Good offices' are diplomatic steps that the UN takes publicly and in private, drawing on its independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading.
UNAMA also promotes coherent development support by the international community; assists the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation.