Afghan civil society delegation to coordinate civil society statement to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference

Finland is committed to support inclusive participation of Afghan civil society in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference. Coordination of the civil society was awarded to BAAG the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) and its partner Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC) to advance this objective. The CSO statement presented by the official CSO delegation on 24th of November will be a synthesis of national discussions and provincial consultations conducted in Afghanistan.

The call for applications to become Afghan civil society delegates to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference was advertised and widely shared through civil society networks across Afghanistan. A ten person delegation was selected through a competitive process. , which was conducted by a panel of civil society actors with independent observers at every stage. The be eligible candidate, the applicant had to be more than 22 years, non-partisan, of good reputation, having no record of criminal or human rights violations, with a minimum of 5 years working experience within the civil society community, and an ability to present the views of Afghans in an articulate manner in English. 

A delegation has been selected: five men and five women, diverse in age, regional origin and ethnicity, experience and knowledge. Their task is, following the results of provincial consultations and consultation with national and international civil society members, to produce a Position Paper, to be circulated in advance of the Conference. The key messages derived from the Position Paper will be conveyed in the civil society statement, which the two spokesperson from the delegation will present in the plenary on 24th of November.

BAAG has also produced a paper summarizing key views and recommendations made by Afghan NGOs and international civil society organizations in their position papers prepared for the Conference. The Afghan and international civil society draws attention to the main challenges faced by the development partners in achieving common sustainable goals and peace in Afghanistan and provides them several recommendations to address these issues. Improving meaningful participation of women in public sphere as well as supporting livelihood-generating activities are examples of how wellbeing of Afghan people could be better supported.  

The Civil Society Working Committee, an umbrella group of civil society coordinating bodies and networks, and provincial facilitating organisations conducted consultations in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, Provincial organisations facilitated meetings of civil society men and women, which elicited peoples' views on development issues in Afghanistan and will inform the key advocacy messages for the 2020 Conference. 

See profiles of the 10 civil society delegates (pdf, 360 KB)

Synthesis paper of national and international civil society positions for the 2020 Afghanistan Conference (pdf, 383 KB)

Afghan Sivil Society Position Paper (23rd-24th November 2020) (pdf, 179 KB)


Ms Suraya Pakzad, Spokesperson for Civil Society Delegation, Email:
Mr Sayed H. Anosh, Spokesperson for Civil Society Delegation, Email:
Mr A. Aziz Naderi, CSWC Programme Coordinator, BAAG, Email: