More than 70 countries, international organizations, and Afghan Government officials will take part in the upcoming Geneva conference, which is scheduled for 23-24 of November at Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Ministry of Finance said in a released statement on Tuesday.

The Geneva conference will be co-hosted by the Afghan government, Finland, and the United Nations.

The launch is expected to be attended by representatives of more than 70 worldwide countries, civil society representatives either virtually or physically.

It is the last pledging conference of the transformation decade (2015-24), which aims to direct the country to self-reliance and is expected to renew afghan and international commitments. 

The main conference will take place on November 24, key challenges and accomplishments will be discussed a day before.

“The 2020 Afghanistan Conference presents a unique opportunity to work together with a strong commitment to the principles of aid effectiveness and mutual accountability for improved transparency, legitimacy, as well as effectiveness. Progress on mutual accountability is all the more important and both the government as well as our international partners must hold themselves and each other accountable for use of development resources and for development results.” Statement quotes, Finance Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal.

“The process of preparing for the conference has provided us, as partners, an opportunity to have a comprehensive and detailed discussion on Afghanistan’s past, present, and future development trajectory. More specifically, the conference will be an opportunity to signal to the Afghan people the international community’s continued partnership with Afghanistan. The constructive conversation will be continuous, focusing on policy and implementation until and after the Conference.” President Ghani has said in a recorded video.

At this extraordinary time, it is more important than ever that the development partners continue their strong support to the Afghan people and ensure the long-term development of the country on its path to peace, prosperity, and self-reliance,” said Janne Taalas, Finland’s Special Envoy to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference.

The conference will plan the second version of ANDPDF-ll which will provide vision strategies and plans for development for the 2021-25 period.

“Preparations for the 2020 Afghanistan Conference are well underway, in good cooperation with our co-hosts the Government of Afghanistan and UNAMA.

The conference is expected to have a hybrid format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delegates will be able to participate online and an open live webcast is planned for the conference.  

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.