UN’s DiCarlo heads to Doha for Afghanistan-focused meeting

Rosemary DiCarlo, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, is traveling to Doha this weekend to chair the third round of the Afghanistan-focused meeting of special envoys, according to the U.N. Secretary-General’s spokesman.

The meeting will take place on Sunday and Monday, with discussions continuing on Tuesday when DiCarlo and the envoys will meet with representatives of Afghan civil society, including human rights and women’s rights advocates. Stéphane Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman, stated that DiCarlo will address the rights of women and girls, human rights, and political inclusion during talks with the de facto authorities in Doha.

Dujarric highlighted the Doha process’s goals: “to ensure an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors, fully integrated into the international community and meeting its international obligations, including on human rights, particularly those of women and girls.”

However, the third round of the Doha meeting has faced strong criticism from women’s rights activists, who accuse the U.N. of excluding women’s rights from the Doha process.