November 13, 2013: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie took part in the 77th Public Session of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The event’s theme was “Post-2014 Afghanistan and the Role of Japan.” The event was attended by members of the local community and international persons in Hiroshima as well as the current participants of UNITAR’s Fellowship Program for Afghanistan.
In addition to Ambassador Dr. Fatimie, speakers included Mr. Brandon Turner, head of UNITAR’s Hiroshima Office (pictured above, third from the right); Mr. Haruyuki Shimada of JICA’s Southeast Asian Department; and Ms. Akiko Kawabe, First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan. In his speech, Dr. Fatimie expressed deepest gratitude to UNITAR and the United Nations in general for the enlightened partnership in building capacity of Afghan officials, and to the Government of the Japan for the life-bettering, multi-sector support that has been extended. The Ambassador also spoke of the factors that brought suffering in Afghanistan, the great efforts that have been made since to bring development, peace, and freedom, and the future path of the nation. The full text of the speech can be read by clicking here
Ambassador Fatimie expressed that this was one of the most well-organized and inspiring events that he has had the honor of participating in. Special thanks go out to all in UNITAR and Hiroshima who made this event a success.