GENEVA - The following is a transcript of a video message delivered by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to open the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
MAHMUD-E-RAQI - The active and meaningful participation of young Afghans in the country’s public institutions and in political processes is crucial for local development initiatives, said panellists in a UN-backed radio programme broadcast in the central province of Kapisa.
BAMYAN - Community elders, civil society activists, religious scholars and media representatives in the central highlands province gathered at a UN-backed symposium to strategize on ways to promote social cohesion, both locally and nationally, in the interest of advancing peace.
KABUL - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United Nations in Afghanistan calls on everyone to respect, promote and protect the rights of women and girls to end violenc
QALAT - To discuss Zabul’s latest economic development plans and local peace initiatives, UNAMA’s Kandahar regional office organized a series of meetings with civil society members, women’s rights groups, government officials and other community leaders in the provincial capital
NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 20 November, targeting a gathering of religious scholars, which resulted in at least 55 people killed and more than
PUL-E-KHUMRI - Close collaboration at the community level is crucial to protect and promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of women, said participants at a UN-backed symposium in the northeastern province of Baghlan.
SUROBI - The active participation of all Afghans in local conflict-resolution is necessary for creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful region, said community leaders in a UN-backed radio programme broadcast from the Surobi district of Kabul province.
SAR-E-PUL – Children should be protected from all grave violations resulting from conflict including abuse and being recruited as soldiers, said participants at UN-backed events in the northern provinces of Samangan and Sar-e Pul.