Strategies for Peace and Good Governance in Afghanistan
Universal Peace Federation and Afghan Peace Dialogue
To examine the situation in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the government and the emergence of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Following the agenda of the Afghan Peace Dialogue, the aim is to study the future of the country, establish international relations for the future government, to establish a legitimate and inclusive state in Afghanistan, and to develop the necessary collaborations at the international level.
Conference Program at the Embassy of Peace, London 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
January 10th, 2024
Refreshments and Registration 13.30
Conference starts 14.00
Welcome Message: Mr Robin Marsh, Sec Gen UPF - UK
Introduction of Mr Reza Jafari by Mr Patrick Jouan
Mr Reza Jafari: President of the Afghanistan Peace Dialogue Movement
Dr Rahela Kaveer: President of Afghan Hazaraa
Mr Umberto Angelucci: President of FFWPU Middle East
HE Ambassador Mme Shukria Barakzai: Ambassador For Peace Award and Speech
Introduction to Universal Peace Federation
Mr Keith Best TD MA: Chair of UPF - UK, Former MP
Mr Jacques Marion: Co-Chair of UPF EUME
Reza Jafari: Coordinating the Discussion Time
Intervention from Mrs Hasina Safi: Former Afghanistan Minister for Women and Culture (tbc) and other guests.
Concluding Remarks: Mr Reza Jafari
Here is a summary:
- a) Why was the conference held?
- The conference aimed to introduce Afghan Peace Dialogue, its activities, and its future. It was also meant to analyse the current situation in Afghanistan and discuss its prospects. The exchanges during the conference shed some light on the current critical situation in Afghanistan and how it affects certain groups of people like women and ethnic and religious communities particularly hard. The conference also engaged in rich and fruitful discussions around ways that people of Afghanistan, especially those among the diaspora, can be mobilised to work for peace in Afghanistan.
- b) What did the organisers present in the conference for future prospects?
- The organisers presented what Afghan Peace Dialogue envisions for peace in Afghanistan. They also explained how Afghan Peace Dialogue can play a constructive role in creating networks among the diaspora as well as mobilising political parties, CSOs, and the diaspora to work for peace. The broader vision involved engaging in direct talks with the Taliban based on values like human rights, a constitution, democracy, and democratic elections, with the international community playing a constructive role under international law. Afghan Peace Dialogue expressed support for recent United Nations recommendations, despite reservations about human rights violations and negotiation processes. The vision includes establishing a broad-based government with a division of power and inclusive state institutions.
- c) What concerns were raised?
- Participants expressed concerns that peace efforts should not compromise justice and highlighted the risks to certain gender, ethnic, and religious communities. They discussed the importance of including these communities in peace dialogues and protecting their rights and participation. Concerns about the Taliban's acceptance internationally as the sole option in Afghanistan and the challenges of engaging with remote communities were also raised.
- d) What are the next steps?
- The organisers hope the conference serves as a starting point for dialogue within and between different groups in Afghanistan. They discussed the need for a structured mechanism, resources, and future conferences with international political entities to achieve peace without political and military interference.