Peace Dialogue was initiated with the collaboration of UNDP

Peace Dialogue was initiated with the collaboration of UNDP in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth of August, 2020. The dialogue was conducted virtually among students of the universities collaborating USIP in a national level, from provinces such as Nangarhar, Khost, Kandahar, Kapisa, Herat, Kunar, Laghman, Balkh, Bamiyan, and Kabul. Five students were representing each university in the dialogue. The key debate topics were as following:

  1. Peace background in Afghanistan
  2. The current course of peace in Afghanistan
  3. The history of the war in Afghanistan

The students of Avicenna University were invited to the dialogue as well. In the 3-day long program, issues on peace and peacebuilding were debated and the main points of the dialogue were discussed generally. The dialogue was properly managed by Eng. Ehsan Zia, the head of USIP and he delivered useful presentations and related to the topics that further enriched the dialogue.

The dialogue would start sharply at 10: am and end on 11:30 am.

The debated topics during the dialogue are as following:

The first day:

  1. The root causes of war in Afghanistan
  2. Historical timeline of events of Afghanistan
  3. The costs of war in Afghanistan

On the first day of Peace Dialogue Dialogue, the first and last questions were discussed in group discussions and students of each university shared their opinion on the questions. In the end, the opinions of the participants were collected and summarized by Mr. Ehsan Zia. The second topic was on the historical timeline of events of Afghanistan that was delivered as a seminar by Eng. Ehsan Zia for the participants. In this part of the dialogue, the events from King Zahir Shah up to the peace deal between the United States and the Taliban in 2020, were discussed.

The second day:

  1. What is peace?
  2. Peacebuilding
  3. Procedure of peace

On the second day, the questions were elaborated professionally on peace and the dialogue continued through question and answer session. In the end, Eng. Ehsan Zia gathered all the opinions and presented a worthwhile summary for the participants.

The third day:

  1. National key priorities for the next 30 years
  2. Introduction to vision building
  3. How do you want to see Afghanistan in the next 30 years?

In the dialogue, five prominent students represented Avicenna University. The delegate students of Avicenna University included Amina Amarkhil, Monira Abid, Mustafa Rahimi, Yadullah Sokhanwar, and Malik Asi. The above-mentioned students dynamically participated in the dialogue and shared their thoughts in both Dari and Pashto languages who were admired by the participants of the dialogue. At the end of the dialogue, Avicenna University appreciated such programs and dialogues resulting in the progress of the society and asserted its collaboration on further enrichment and taking greater steps in this regard.

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