The International Contact Group

The International Contact Group on Afghanistan and Pakistan (ICG) is the main forum for political coordination with respect to the international efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. The Group is chaired by the German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Michael Koch.

The Group, which was established by Richard Holbrooke in February 2009, now comprises some 50 countries and international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the EU and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Its members include nations contributing troops in Afghanistan, donor countries and regional players.

The International Contact Group meets roughly three times a year. Most member countries are represented by the Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), others are represented by senior officials. Some states have observer status.

The Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan participate in meetings of ministers or senior officials.

ICG Senior Officials Meeting on the Petersberg near Bonn,  1.12.2011

ICG Senior Officials Meeting on the Petersberg near Bonn,  1.12.2011
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ICG Senior Officials Meeting on the Petersberg near Bonn,  1.12.2011

ICG Senior Officials Meeting on the Petersberg near Bonn,  1.12.2011

ICG Senior Officials Meeting on the Petersberg near Bonn,  1.12.2011

In 2010, the International Contact Group helped establish an international consensus on strategic decisions in advance of the ministerial conferences in London and Kabul and the Lisbon summit. The International Contact Group was also one of the key platforms for preparing the Bonn Conference in December 2011. The civil and political aspects of the transitional process were discussed with regional players at the Conference, and pledges of long-term support were made by the international community for the period following the withdrawal of combat forces at the end of 2014.

The International Contact Group met three times in 2012 – in Abu Dhabi in April, in Helsinki in June and in Ankara in October. At these meetings the ICG members reached agreement on matters including support for action under the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework, a partnership between the Afghan Government and the international community for the sustainable development of Afghanistan. Under this instrument, Afghanistan has undertaken to implement effective and transparent strategies for growth and development.

In return, it will receive civilian assistance totalling 16 billion USD over the next four years from the international community.

At the last ICG meeting in Ankara on 19 October, participants discussed the implementation of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework and debated other forthcoming milestones in the transitional period.

International Contact Group meetings are currently attended by Afghanistan and Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China (observer), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, the Islamic Development Bank, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, NATO, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Organization of Islamic Conference, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the USA, Uzbekistan and the United Nations.

Representatives of other multilateral institutions and Afghan civil society also regularly attend ICG meetings.

Last updated 07.12.2012

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