The Desk for the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP):
CICA was established in 1999 for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world. As a member state from its inception, Afghanistan takes active part in all its events. Participation of the Afghan former President, Hamid Karzai, in the first CICA Summit of Heads of States and Governments, regular participation of Afghan Foreign Ministers in the CICA Ministerial meetings, as well as participation of high-level representatives of Afghanistan in various CICA events are true indicators of the significance of the organization for Afghanistan. CICA has the potential to offer Afghanistan numerous opportunities in the areas of peace, development, trade, transit, transportation and energy by enhancing regional cooperation initiatives.
The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organization. It was established on 6 July 1979 at the initiative of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) with the support from several other UN bodies and donors. The Centre came into being to meet the needs of the developing states as an institution for promoting integrated rural development in the region.
Afghanistan’s membership CIRDAP provides the opportunity to work actively towards improving living conditions of rural communities as it facilitates the provision of services that influence policy formulation and program action in the areas of rural development and poverty alleviation.