The international intervention in Afghanistan started in October 2001. The aim was not only to bring down the Taleban regime, but to capture Osama Ben Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, and to save women from the fundamentalists. During more than a decade of international presence, billions of dollars have been invested in Afghanistan and nearly fifty countries have deployed international forces to Afghanistan. Now, it is time to leave. The majority of the countries are packing and they planning to reduce drastically their budget in Afghanistan in the forthcoming years. But, what are we leaving behind?
What is the legacy of the international community after more than twelve years? Did we succeed in building a sustainable state? These are only some of the questions that will be explored at the conference
‘The legacy of the international community in Afghanistan’
at the CCCB in Barcelona, 30th – 31st January 2013
It is organised by the Barcelona-based Association for Human Rights in Afghanistan (L’Associació per als Drets Humans a l’Afganistan / La Asociación por los Derechos Humanos en Afganistán, ASDHA), to which AAN will send a number of speakers: the former UN and EU envoy to Afghanistan Francesc Vendrell, Doris Buddenberg, a former head of UNODC Afghanistan and – like Amb Vendrell – an AAN Advisory Board member and AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig.
Wednesday 30th January 2013
16.00 h Opening
16.30 h The security legacy
Speaker: Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN).
18.15 h The justice and human rights’ legacy
Speaker: Farid Muttaqi, former member of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).
19.30 h The humanitarian legacy
Speaker: Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC orthopaedic programme in Afghanistan since 1992.
Thursday 31st January 2013
16.00 h The economical legacy
Speaker: Doris Buddenberg, former Head of UNODC, Afghanistan; AAN Advisory Board member
17.45 h The political legacy
Speaker: Amb. Francesc Vendrell, former European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan; Chairman of AAN Advisory Board
19.30 h The women’s rights’ legacy
Speaker: Suraya Pakzad, founder and director of Voice of Women Organization (VWO).
Registration under: [email protected]
More info at the venue’s (CCCB) website here
More info about ASDHA here
Photo by Mònica Bernabé
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020