Aga Khan, on behalf of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has reaffirmed his enduring commitment to a peaceful and pluralistic Afghanistan, according to the AKDN.
In a statement delivered at the virtually held 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Aga Khan Chairman of the AKDN, noted that as the country entered into a new period of transition, it would need the contribution of all of its people to address their common challenges: rising poverty, climate disruption, an unforgiving pandemic.
“It will need all their talents to build an inclusive future with more opportunities, requiring more education, more knowledge, more private initiative. In these endeavors, AKDN is, and will remain, a steadfast partner,” said the Aga Khan, emphasizing that AKDN will maintain the breadth of its work in all sectors from education, healthcare and cultural restoration, as well as in economic development.
“During our 25 years in Afghanistan, AKDN has been guided by a fundamental belief that the key to the country’s future is in a vibrant, meritocratic, pluralistic civil society – in the Afghan people and in long-term institutions anchoring their contributions to the common good,” he said.
This year’s conference was organized by the Governments of Afghanistan and Finland, and the United Nations, and was held virtually on November 23-24. Over 70 countries, international organizations, and agencies attended the conference which built on previous ones held in Brussels in 2016, and Tokyo in 2012. The aim of the conference was to commit the Afghan government and the international community to shared development objectives for 2021-24.