• Themes, papers and speeches

Themes, papers and speeches

Themes, papers and speeches

On the tabs to the left you will find the position papers of various Afghan and international organisations, prepared specifically for the London Conference on Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan and it’s people have experienced near constant conflict for the last 3 decades.  And yet, despite this, Afghans and the international community supporting them, have driven forward impressive change in recent years.  Statistics of increased school attendance (for girls and boys), decreased child and mother mortality rates, increased life expectancy and others are to be applauded and are much quoted.  But Afghanistan remains one of the world’s most impoverished countries and Afghans face many issues that threaten their ability to live healthy, productive and dignified lives – if not threatening their lives full stop.  There are many, often interconnected issues which must be addressed if Afghanistan is to become a safe, free and self-sustainable nation.

The Ayenda Conference is a platform on which these issues can be raised by those who know them intimately – the Afghan and international civil society organisations which are attempting to tackle them.  This page provides basic information on these issues and access to the position papers, letters and other documents prepared by various organisations ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan. 

UPDATE 9th DECEMBER 

Below are the various speeches delivered at the Ayenda Conference and in the plenary of the London Conference on Afghanistan, as well as the official London Conference communique.  These are:

1 - Key note speech delivered by Jawed Nader at the Ayenda Conference

2 - Closing remarks delivered by Elizabeth Winter at the Ayenda Conference

3 - Civil society statement delivered by Freshta Karimi at the London Conference on Afghanistan

4 - Civil society statement delivered by Barry Salaam at the London Conference on Afghanistan 

5 - London Conference on Afghanistan communique 

6 - Ayenda speech delivered by Barry Salaam