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At conference, countries pledge expertise to help rebuild Afghanistan

At conference, countries pledge expertise to help rebuild Afghanistan

United Nations conference on the reconstruction of Afghanistan concluded today in New Delhi, India, with several developing nations pledging their available skills and assistance to meet the needs and priorities identified by Kabul authorities.

The Joint Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of India, was an effort to widen the international and bilateral efforts to rebuild the war-torn country.

The two-day conference attracted high-level participation from nearly 50 countries, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and other UN organizations active in Afghanistan. Participants examined the scope of specific development requirements in Afghanistan, and recommended ways in which skills and technical cooperation as well as goods and services could be effectively channelled to meet those needs.

UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said that "mending Afghanistan is a task for all of us, North and South - a historic wrong to be put right and an opportunity for a common solidarity."

In other news, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced that the next round of polio immunization in Afghanistan will take place from 27 to 29 May to reach people who have moved back to the Shomali Plains area outside Kabul.

The UN agency said it was providing 6.9 million doses of vaccine and more than 16,000 vaccine carriers and 1,500 cold boxes in an effort to reach 5.8 million children under the age of five.