Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan
The United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2015 around the globe with events marking the Organization’s determination to do more to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.
I am delighted to be able to mark the occasion in Kabul with my Afghan and international friends.
The United Nations enjoys a long and unique relationship with Afghanistan. We are proud of our enduring partnership, the unrivalled range and depth of our collaboration that remains squarely focused on contributing to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.
What better way to mark this anniversary and recommit ourselves to the values of the United Nations than to celebrate the work and achievements of some remarkable Afghan men and women portrayed in the specially commissioned photographs – they are just a small number of the many Afghans it has been our privilege to support or work with over the years.
These professionals are, each in their own way, leading in the delivery of vital services – such as in health, human rights, education, security, protecting Afghanistan’s incredible cultural heritage and much more. They are accomplishing great things both for their immediate communities and the nation.
That the United Nations helped empower them to drive the country forward is profoundly gratifying.
Allow me on behalf of the UN family in Afghanistan to use this occasion to underscore our commitment to strengthening our partnership to build a strong Afghanistan.