2020 Afghanistan Conference

Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance

Geneva, 23 & 24 November 2020

UN office in Geneva

About the Conference

The Afghanistan 2020 Conference will take place on 23 – 24 November in Geneva and is co-organized by the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations. The quadrennial pledging conference presents an important opportunity for the Afghan Government and the international community to commit to common objectives for promoting sustainable development, prosperity, and peace in Afghanistan. An aim of the conference is to commit the Afghan government and the international community to shared development objectives for 2021 – 24, to coordinate development cooperation, and to ensure financial support for the Afghan administration. In addition to the pledges of financial support, a joint political declaration and a new aid architecture are the anticipated outcomes of the conference. The ministerial level pledging conference is expected to bring together more than seventy countries as well as international organizations and agencies. It was last held in 2016 in Brussels and in Tokyo in 2012.

Format of the Conference

The Afghanistan 2020 Conference takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event follows a hybrid format where participation is possible both in-person or virtually.

Information about accreditation, programme and side events to the ministerial level conference will be shared at a later date.

Inquiries on practical arrangements for the conference can be addressed to the Ministry of Finance, Government of Afghanistan, and the Finnish Afghanistan 2020 Conference Task Force.

Press Release



The updated Programme for the conference can be downloaded from HERE.


Media accreditation to the Conference is handled by the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva, with registration open until 20 November 2020.

Media are advised to note that physical access to media events in the Palais des Nations in Geneva will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and seating is on a first-come first-served basis.

All conference proceedings will webcast live on webtv.un.org.  Accredited media can also attend the press conference virtually. A media advisory with further news, including specific information for broadcasters, will be published in due course.

Media representatives are asked to pay close attention to all Covid-19 measures announced by the Swiss authorities and the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Register here: https://indico.un.org/event/35368/

Please note that this registration is open only for media representatives and a separate registration for other participation in the Conference will be available soon.


- Launch Event



Shamroz Khan, Director of Communications & Spokesperson, Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan,
shamroz.masjidi@mof.gov.af, tel. +93 (0) 797 332 334

Liam McDowall, Chief, Strategic Communications, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan,
mcdowalll@un.org, tel. +93 (0) 728 426 195

Johanna Kaprio, Communications Coordinator, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland,
johanna.kaprio@formin.fi, tel. +358 50 522 8916

Fourth Senior Officials Meeting 2020


The Fourth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) hosted by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with UNAMA and Finland Government brought together the international community, civil society, private sector and other key stakeholders from the government to advance the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) agenda prior to the upcoming Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF). The Meeting reviewed key achievements and policy issues and encouraged wide range discussions around the economic impact of Covid-19, poverty, unemployment, development, peace, and the outlook. 

The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of international partners in support of the Afghan Government while seeking assurance of significant reforms, transparency, and accountability for future assistance.

President Ghani highlighted significant achievements of the government, acknowledged the contributions of the international community and partners and reaffirmed the commitment of the Afghan Government in brining significant reforms across key areas to ensure inclusive economic growth and achieving a sustainable peace and development in the upcoming five years.

The meeting concluded with keynote speeches from international partners, government officials, including H.E the acting Minister of Finance and the key address of H.E the President of Afghanistan.

Outcomes of the Meeting

Fourth Senior Officials Meeting  PDF iconDari  PDF iconPashto