United Nations Day 2009: US$ 4 billion development plan for Afghanistan to be launched
KABUL - UN representatives and Afghan officials will join hands at simultaneous events across Afghanistan today to celebrate United Nations Day 2009.
At a ceremony in Kabul the role and achievement of the United Nations in the country will be marked with the launch of the UN Development Assistance Framework or UNDAF.
The key document which plans out US$ 4 billion of development assistance from 2010 to 2013 was prepared by 28 UN agencies in cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan.
UNDAF supports the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and focuses on three priority areas: Governance, Peace and Stability, with emphasis on Human Resources Development/Capacity development; agriculture and Access to Income, which targets rural communities and aims at building marketable skills through vocational training programmes; health and education.
The UN has been in Afghanistan for more than 50 years. Since 2002 UNAMA has led and coordinated the UN family and worked closely with the Government of Afghanistan.
This year in Afghanistan, a number of broadcasters have launched the media campaign “I work for the UN, I work for Afghanistan” featuring UN staff members and people who have benefited from their work.
In the period leading up to UN Day, UN officials spoke with students at Kabul University and exchanged ideas about the role and achievement of the UN in Afghanistan. Events are also being held today in other cities across Afghanistan.
UN Day marks the signing of the UN Charter in 1945. In 1947 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that 24 October “shall be henceforth officially called United Nations Day and shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the UN, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations”.