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Aga Khan at 2018 Conference on Afghanistan 2018-11-28

His Highness the Aga Khan in discussion with Mr. Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister at a bilateral meeting held at the Geneva C
Wednesday, 2018, November 28

Regional cooperation and a commitment to pluralism are key to a country’s national development and stability, says Aga Khan

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 November 2018 – His Highness the Aga Khan, speaking at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, today reaffirmed his “enduring commitment to Afghanistan, and, most importantly, to its peoples”.

The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), joined Afghanistan’s President His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive His Excellency Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Ministers from numerous countries and heads of development organisations working in Afghanistan who had gathered for this conference.

“As we come together to support the National Unity Government, “ the Aga Khan said, “investing in civil society – encouraging private organisations designed to serve public goals – deserves equal attention. Such institutions can be stabilising factors and points of continuity. That is why AKDN supports the full spectrum of civil society, devoting special attention to health, education, culture, community governance, and public-private partnerships to deliver other services.”

The Aga Khan also stated that “the experience of the past seventeen years has strongly reinforced my conviction that the path to sustainable peace in Afghanistan depends heavily on two key principles – regional cooperation, which is key for
national development and stability; and a commitment to pluralism – the country’s diversity must be cultivated as a source of strength. Everyone in all regions should benefit from investment that creates hope for the future. This is a guiding principle of our investment in Afghanistan”.

For the full statement, please see: Statement by His Highness the Aga Khan

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the Geneva Conference “is an opportunity to emphasise the importance of the development and reform agenda and the need to advance it as a constructive contribution to peace and security”. The Geneva Conference is expected to measure the impact of the US$ 15.2 billion that was committed by the international community at the previous Afghanistan conference in 2016.
AKDN and its partners have committed over US$ 1 billion in development assistance to the country since 2002. Its economic projects now span over 287 cities and districts in the country’s 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work, which began in 1996 with humanitarian relief but now spans food security, education and healthcare, is focused in 61 districts in seven provinces. Its cultural programmes in Kabul, Herat, Balkh and Badakhshan have restored over 90 historic buildings.

For more information:
In Geneva :
Sam Pickens
Aga Khan Development Network
1-3 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 909 72 00


Speech by His Highness Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan 2018-11-28

His Highness the Aga Khan delivers his statement on behalf of the Imamat and the AKDN at the UNAMA Geneva Conference on Afghanis



Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to thank the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations for bringing the international community together to reaffirm our commitment to Afghanistan, and, most importantly, to its people.

Two years ago, many of us gathered in Brussels for a similar purpose. And there have been several such gatherings over the past some seventeen years. Commitments have been made, challenges overcome, hopes raised and sometimes dashed.

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