ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate here on 17 February an international two-day conference on Afghan refugees attended by ministers and senior officials from various countries.
Pakistan’s government, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is convening an international conference on February 17-18 to mark “40 years of Afghan refugees presence in Pakistan: A new partnership for solidarity”.
The High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations, Filippo Grandi, ministers and senior officials from about 20 countries, who had assisted Afghan refugees around the globe and in Pakistan, would be attending, the foreign office said in a press release Sunday.
Senior level involvement from the United Nations, multilateral development banks, civil society and the private sector will also attend, it said.
“This Conference is taking place at an important juncture when efforts at consolidating peace in Afghanistan are making progress,” it added.
In addition to providing an opportunity to highlight Pakistan’s exemplary compassion, kindness and hospitality in hosting one of the world’s largest refugee populations, the Conference will also identify key trends and milestones in the 40-year long evolution of the Afghan refugee situation, focus on the lessons learned, recognize challenges, and discuss solutions for the Afghan refugee situation.
“Pakistan is confident that the Conference will reinforce international efforts as agreed to in the UN Global Compact on Refugees and Global Refugee Forum to bring about a renewed focus on the Afghan refugees. It will also help in building a positive narrative on refugees, especially at a time when borders are being closed on them and millions are being made stateless under nationalistic and ideological pretenses,” the foreign office added