How to include the public's voice in the peace process? The central province of Bamyan, and eastern province of Nangarhar were hosts to our outreach event with the FES Afghanistan Policy Group! More than 100 religious scholars, women, human rights advocates, media, officials and youth leaders came together to put the spotlight on civil society views and expectations with regard to the ongoing peace talks.
Lively discussions across several working groups focused on security, human rights and the rule of law, economic and social development, education and relations with neighboring countries.
Our event series is set to continue with debates in other provinces of Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Their recommendations will be presented later this year to national authorities, the international community and the negotiating parties. The Afghanistan Policy Group (APG), established in 2012, works to facilitate national and regional dialogue on peace and security by providing a platform for discussing perspectives and strategies for constructive conflict resolution. It includes eminent Afghan public figures, leading civil society representatives, senior decision makers, diplomats and journalists. Their work is kindly hosted and supported by the Peace Training Research Organization - PTRO .