Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will lead the United States delegation to the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, which will be held virtually November 23-24.  This event is the sixth quadrennial gathering of approximately 70 countries and international organizations to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan.  The conference is being hosted by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Under Secretary Hale will deliver a statement on behalf of the United States and introduce a video message from Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Tuesday, November 24, at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.  The conference will also feature a U.S.-led side event on Economic Priorities and Aid Effectiveness with keynote remarks from Acting USAID Deputy Administrator John Barsa on Monday, November 23.

The U.S. delegation also includes Chargé d’Affaires to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ambassador Ross Wilson, Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations Andrew P. Bremberg, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley E. Currie, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Dean Thompson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan Nancy Izzo Jackson, USAID Acting Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia Javier Piedra, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Karen Freeman, USAID Mission Director for Afghanistan Tina Dooley-Jones, and CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Adam Boehler.  During the conference, U.S. participants will emphasize our commitment to a secure, stable, democratic, and self-reliant Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors.

The entire conference will be live streamed on UN Web TV (http://webtv.un.org/).  More information on the conference, including a schedule of events, is available at https://um.fi/afghanistan-conference-2020.  Note that event times reflect the time in Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, please contact the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at SCA-Press@state.gov or visit https://um.fi/afghanistan-conference-2020-for-media.  Follow the conference on Twitter using #Afghanistan2020.

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