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Islamic Emirate at a glance

Summary of the most significant accomplishments of the Islamic Emirate 2022 – 2023

Part XIV

By: Hashmat Nasiri

  1. Mitigation of Former Mujahideen Detainees’ Predicaments in the Preceding Administration By establishing the Directorate of Mujahideen Prisoners’ Affairs, timely attention has been given to the problems of mujahideen who were imprisoned during the 20 years of struggle against the occupiers, and their needs have been met. During the past year, this directorate has provided necessary consultations to address the majority of their problems. In summation, relentless endeavors have ensured the provision of requisite amenities encompassing educational, healthcare, vocational training, and rights advocacy facets for detainees. 1. Provision of Hajj service To efficaciously administer and manage the Hajj process, the Committee for the Coordination of Hajj Affairs has been convened, undertaking requisite measures across multifarious domains. Measures including the return of surplus money from the solar year 1401 expenditures, dispatching a delegation to Saudi Arabia evaluate last year’s Hajj and take necessary measures for the next year, rationalizing Hajj quotas, executing protocols entailing various facets, allocation of 30,000 Hajj quotas for fiscal year 1402 commensurate with registered applicant figures, and engendering bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia to optimize services for pilgrims, encompassing accommodation, sustenance, and transportation, constitute seminal initiatives in this purview. In the interest of streamlining services for prospective pilgrims, the groundwork for distributing electronic passports and providing cooked food for pilgrims in Medina has been provided for the first time. Furthermore, requisite facilitation has been extended throughout the procedural requisites for Hajj travel documentation for resident immigrants from Iran and Pakistan, encompassing passports, electronic permits, and ancillary Hajj-related formalities. Moreover, in the past year, the legalization of activities undertaken by 200 private pilgrimage agencies specializing in Umrah and Ziyarat has been effectuated, mandating enhanced service provisions for pilgrims. 2. Environmental Protection One of the key priorities of the National Environmental Protection Agency is the prevention and reduction of any environmental pollutants. These pollutants encompass surface and groundwater, air, soil, medical and industrial waste, sewage, and other contaminating sources. Accordingly, efforts have been undertaken to amend industrial and production activities, commercial establishments, and various urban trades in the central and provincial regions. The principal achievements in this regard are outlined below: A. Prevention of Air Pollution To prevent and mitigate air pollution, activities emitting air pollutants such as high-rise residential buildings, wedding halls, factories, brick kilns, refineries, bathhouses, and various trades in central and provincial areas have been scrutinized. Over the past year, 14,000 activities were examined, approximately 3,500 of which underwent reevaluation, while others received notifications and warnings to rectify and standardize their operations. B. Control of Medical Waste Medical waste is among the hazardous and harmful waste that poses a serious threat to human health, animals, and the environment. To regulate and control medical waste, the following measures have been taken during the past one year: · Establishment of control and inspection teams to monitor the status of medical waste in health centers at the central and provincial levels. · Supervision and control of 235 government and private clinics and hospitals. · Oversight and control of 176 examination centers and pharmacies. · Monitoring and control of 236 health centers. C. Establishment of a National Committee for OzoneDepleting Substances Allocation The National Environmental Protection Agency has established a committee comprised of relevant departments to ensure transparency in the distribution of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) allocations. In the past year, this committee distributed 250 metric tons of HCFCs to applicant companies for ozone-depleting substances in accordance with prescribed criteria and indicators. D. Supervision and Prevention of Ozone-Depleting Substance Smuggling in the Country’s Ports To prevent the smuggling of ozone-depleting substances in the country’s ports, the following measures have been taken: · Obtaining written commitments from all applicant companies that have received licenses for the import of ozonedepleting substances, ensuring that these substances are only imported through a designated port in compliance with the allocated quota. · Prevention of the illegal entry of 78 balloons at the country’s customs. · Arrangement of checklists for HCFCs and lists of compounds subject to the Montreal Protocol, including chemical name, trade name, global warming potential, and customs identification, to better detect and identify these substances. E. Attainment of a $30 Million Allocation Commitment for Afghanistan The National Environmental Protection Agency has secured a financial commitment of $10 million from the Global Environmental Facility under the STAR Allocation program for Afghanistan, which encompasses three sectors: climate change, biodiversity, and desertification. In addition, a commitment of $20 million has been obtained from the Least Developed Countries Fund for infrastructure projects, health, disaster resilience, livelihoods, and food security, allocated until 2026 and accessible. Given these commitments, the National Environmental Protection Agency has collected 13 proposed projects from relevant departments in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, desertification, transboundary waters, forests, infrastructure, health, natural disaster resilience, livelihoods, and food security. The agency intends to plan for environmental projects in the designated sectors through improvement measures. Another achievement in environmental projects is the continued practical implementation of the Forest and Land Sustainable Management Project, which has been ongoing under the Islamic Emirate’s governance in the provinces of Kunar, Paktia, Bamyan, Ghazni, and Badghis, with a budget of $10 million funded by the Global Environment Facility. Furthermore, the initiation of practical work on the GEF-7 project through strengthening sustainable food production systems in Afghanistan is another accomplishment, with a budget of approximately $7 million funded by the Global Environmental Facility

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