As outlined in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (2021-2025), the Government of Afghanistan has decided to take an integrated approach to development that focuses on peace-building, state-building, and market-building. The approach is based on the simple premise, as established by the 2030 Agenda, that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.”
This official side-event will focus on the key lessons learned from Afghanistan’s second Voluntary National Review, to be presented at the 2021 High-Level Political Forum, on the complex relationship between peace and development in Afghanistan. It further aims to look ahead by considering the development prospects of the country following a comprehensive peace agreement and ceasefire. It will draw on the experiences and lessons learned from around the globe, particularly g7+ members, to inform discussions on how Afghanistan can accelerate implementation of the SDGs and, simultaneously, advance peace.
It will include keynote addresses by H.E. Dr. Karima Hamid Faryabi, Minister of Economy of Afghanistan and H.E. Dr. Helder da Costa, General Secretary of the g7+ Secretariat; and a panel moderated by Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Director of the Center on International Cooperation, including H.E. Mr. Mohammad Nabii Soroosh, Deputy Minister of Economy for Policy of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, UNDP Resident Representative in Afghanistan, and other eminent speakers from government and civil society.