AFGHANISTAN / MOHAMMED PRESSER

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The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, led an all-women delegation of top UN officials on a solidarity mission to Afghanistan, with a focus on issues linked to women, peace and security. UNAMA

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STORY: AFGHANISTAN / MOHAMMED PRESSER
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SOURCE: UNAMA
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DATELINE: 21 JULY 2019, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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1. Wide shot, presser
2. Cutaway, members of delegation
3. Med shot, DiCarlo and Mlambo-Ngucka
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We have been impressed with the leadership at all levels of government from Kabul out to the local areas, where you see that there is an investment in people, in particular in women’s empowerment but also in really putting the peace process at the centre and how to make sure that that is long term and sustainable.”
5. Wide shot, presser
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The support that we had seen come to Afghanistan over the last couple of decades from donors is remarkable. What we would like to see is that it continues, especially in coming months, when we will be looking at the peace process. Now it is time to stay, now is the time to dig deeper so that we can accompany and support sustainable peace in Afghanistan.”
7. Wide shot, presser

STORYLINE:

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, led an all-women delegation of top UN officials on a solidarity mission to Afghanistan, with a focus on issues linked to women, peace and security.

She was joined by the chief of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, Natalia Kanem, and the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Wrapping their two-day visit, at the press conference in capital Kabul, the Deputy Secretary-General said they went to Afghanistan ahead of the presidential election, scheduled at the end of September and to lend their support for a peace process.

The UN delegation met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday (20 Jul), upon their arrival. They also met a diverse group of women hosted by Afghanistan’s First Lady, Rula Ghani, and religious leaders. Following day, the delegation travelled to the province of Bamyan, where UNFPA is running support programmes and services for families and women of reproductive age, as well as tackling gender-based violence.

They also visited a UN demining site, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Buddhas of Bamyan, destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001.

The Deputy Secretary-General said that at the end of two days, they have been impressed with the leadership at all levels of government from Kabul out to the local areas, where they could see an investment in people, in particular in women’s empowerment.

She also plead to donors who’s support to Afghanistan “over the last couple of decades from donors is remarkable,” to continue with their support during next few crucial months.

“Now it is time to stay, now is the time to dig deeper so that we can accompany and support sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” Mohammed concluded.
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