The United Nations envoy mission in Afghanistan today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the country in delivering governance, security and development, as the Government and its international partners met to discuss the progress made in recent months.
Co-chaired by the UN and the Government, the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) oversees implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year development blueprint launched in January 2006 by the country and its international partners.
Today’s session was the first to be held since the Kabul Conference of July, which set out the commitments for action that form part of what is known as the “Kabul process” that will see a transition to greater Afghan responsibility and ownership, in both security and civilian areas.
“The Government has set forth an ambitious agenda,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).
“We applaud the collaborative way in which ministries have worked together to identify the top priorities for their country’s future. We now have a concrete roadmap to deliver practical results. The international community is committed to supporting this Afghan-led process.”
Detailed action plans have been put in place for the Government’s 22 National Priority Programmes, which will drive the delivery of stability and prosperity across the country.
A major step forward has been the establishment of a reporting system to monitor progress and to demonstrate results to the Afghan people and the international community.
International partners welcomed the steps taken by the Government since the Kabul Conference and commended the progress made to establish a framework to support the delivery of governance, security and development in Afghanistan.