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Workshops on mine victim assistance

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Source: United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA)

Kabul, 22 October 2007 – On Tuesday 23 October, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled will host a workshop in support of Mine Victims and other persons with disabilities. The workshop will be attended by high ranking officials from Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Ministry of Public health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Nations Mine Action Center for Afghanistan.

The Victim Assistance workshop is aimed to review the progress made during the past year within many sectors of Government and Afghan society for person with disabilities as well as reviewing the needs and problems which are currently faced by people with disabilities in this country.

Over 120 persons from Government and various organizations from throughout the country are expected to attend the workshop, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, from 8:30 on Tuesday. Speakers will include H.E. Mr. Noor Mohammad Qarqin, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, H.E. Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Ghaznawey Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Khaled Zekryia, Assistant Secretary, Fifth Political Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Sheree Bailey, Victim Assistance Specialist of the Geneva International centre for Humanitarian Demining and Ms. Susan Helseth, Deputy Programme Director of UNMACA.

At the end of workshop the Government of Afghanistan will generate the revised comprehensive plan of action to address the rights and needs of mine survivors and other persons with disabilities in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the period 2007-2009. To be known as the Kabul Report II the report will help ensure persons with disability are included in all sectors of service and society. This new report will be presented by the Afghanistan Government representative in at the Eighth Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban convention in Jordan in November 2007.

UNMACA has been coordinating mine action activities, such as survey, mine and battlefield clearance, mine risk education and victim assistance, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan since 1989. UNMACA is working to transition full responsibility for all aspects of mine action to the Government of Afghanistan.

Media who are interested in attending the workshop are welcome and will have the opportunity to interview the responsible persons at the first tea break.

Media Contact: Ahmad Jan Nawzadi
Public Information Officer
Mobile: 0700227417

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Written by afghandevnews

October 23, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Posted in Demining

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