June 11, 2012: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and staff welcomed to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo representatives of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR), headed by Mr. Alex Mejia, Director of UNITAR’s Hiroshima office, and Ms. Nassrine Azimi, UNITAR Senior Adviser and the Co-Founder and Coordinator of Green Legacy Hiroshima. Accompanying UNITAR’s excellent staff were two Youth Ambassadors, students selected to learn about UNITAR, the United Nations, and diplomacy, in order to encourage their development as future leaders.
The events of the visit included the very significant planting of an atomic bomb surviving tree. The tree, coming from a survivor of the tragic events in Hiroshima, was planted in a ceremony at the Embassy as part of Ms. Azimi’s Green Legacy Hiroshima program of awareness raising and linkage building. The Ambassador, Mr. Mejia, and Ms. Azimi, having ceremonial given soil and water, shared of the importance of the event, saying that it shows that strength, perseverance, and heart will always bear seeds of hope. Following the ceremony, the staff of the Embassy and the guests shared a meal and ideas on the importance of UNITAR’s work, Afghanistan’s peace and development for the world, and role of youth in the continuation of the betterment of lives globally. Finally, Ambassador Fatimie and Dr. Mejia addressed a number of UNITAR’s Afghan partners in an internet conference, offering motivation and praise for their efforts.