International Community and Canada reaffirms their commitment to Afghanistan at the London Conference
December 4, 2014
The London Conference on Afghanistan took place on 4 December 2014, co-hosted by the governments of the Afghanistan and UK. Associated events also took place on the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd of December. The conference provided a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision for reform and for the international community to demonstrate enduring solidarity and support for Afghanistan.
2014 marks the end of the international combat mission in Afghanistan. Since July 2013, the Afghan National Security Forces have been in the lead in providing security across the country, including throughout two rounds of elections.
As this important year draws to a close, the London Conference on Afghanistan provided an opportunity for the Government of Afghanistan to set out its commitment to reform, looking ahead in particular to the “Transformation Decade” through to 2024. It was also a moment for the international community to signal its solidarity with the Afghan people, and to reaffirm its long-term commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s peaceful development.
Earlier this year, the UK Government hosted the NATO Summit in Wales where they agreed a strategic long-term partnership between NATO, its partner nations and Afghanistan and financial support for the Afghan National Security Forces (known as Resolute Support Mission) until 2017. This conference built on those commitments made in Wales.
The government of Afghanistan, with the support of the international community, has a lot to be proud of. Over the past 13 years, Afghanistan has made significant progress in education, healthcare, economic growth, women’s rights and in numerous areas of institutional building and sectors.
Canadian Government also reaffirms its longstanding commitment to Afghanistan by sending Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Consular to the London Conference. She said that “Canada has had an active development presence in Afghanistan for many years, and its announcement reaffirms the commitment made at the 2012 Tokyo Conference to help Afghanistan achieve its long-term development goals,’’
For more information, please refer to communiqué issued at the end of conference where more details are provided: click here
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