On 31 March 2009, the Dutch government is hosting the ´International Conference on Afghanistan: a Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context´ at the World Forum in The Hague.

Building on the achievements of previous Conferences in Bonn, London and Paris, this Conference should reaffirm the solid and long-term commitment of the international community to supporting the Government of Afghanistan in shaping security and a better future for Afghanistan and its people. The Conference will take a comprehensive look at the current political, security and development issues facing us in Afghanistan, also taking the regional context into account. The near future will be particularly important for Afghanistan. Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 20 August this year, and parliamentary elections will follow next year. The international community now needs to look ahead and discuss upcoming policy choices.

Both the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are expected to attend. Other attendees of this Conference will include foreign ministers from countries in the region, countries that are part of the International Security Assistance Force and other countries and organisations that are contributing to reconstruction in Afghanistan. The ministerial discussion will be co-chaired by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rangin Dadfar Spanta and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Maxime Verhagen.

External links :

Afghanistan Conference 2009 website, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Hague Congress website

Peace Palace links :

Peace Palace Library systematic codes : 41 (peacekeeping), 179 Afghanistan (international peace and security), 497x Afghanistan (wars)
Peace Palace Library keywords :
Afghanistan, peacekeeping

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