On January 26th, day of global action for the World Social Forum, Kabul will host the most significant event for the Civil Society in Afghanistan in the field of International cooperation, the “First Afghan Civil Society National Peace Conference – Afghanistan back to the peace, all human rights for all”.

A new way for the common work will be set at the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul where, from 26th to 28th January 2008, more than 400 international delegates will get together. They will be: Afghan Non-Governmental Organizations, representatives from the University, from the Parliament, from the Government and from UN Agencies, together with Italian NGOs working in the National territory, Italian parliamentarians and public administrators.

The meeting's aim is to inform the World about the real needs of the Afghan people and of the bordering countries, to let them know that in Afghanistan there is a will for Peace and for the realization of Human Rights for all through a good communication strategy and monitoring current projects. The ambitious goal is to set up a network for acting in Afghanistan with Peace building and Soft Diplomacy actions.

This is also the direction taken by the document published “Afgana”, an umbrella organization of NGOs, researchers, academics, journalists, communication operators working in the field of conflicts resolution in Afghanistan. This document wants to present and share with the delegates of the Afghan Civil Society all this themes and guidelines for the future. This is the right continuation of the path we begun in Perugia in occasion of the 2007 Peace March, when PeaceWaves, its guests from Kabul and members of the “Lead Group” shared their thoughts.

This initiative, promoted by PeaceWaves, and Italian non profit organisation operating in Afghanistan since 2002, in cooperation with ANCB (Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau) and ACSF (Afgahn Civil Society Forum), was born at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry. We can foresee the presence of Patrizia Sentinelli, Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who, together with the Afghan Republic President His Excellency Hamid Karzai, will conclude the Conference.

The importance of this initiative is also confirmed by the participation of representatives from the Italian Government and Parliament during the 3 days and by the massive presence of journalists and media.

Moreover, the Teatro Regio (Royal Theatre) of Turin will honour the more than 400 participants with a suggestive concert of its Strings Ensemble and the pianist Rita Cucè. Furthermore, their presence in Kaboul could represent a starting point for future collaborations with the Victoria Music School (built by PeaceWaves in 2005 and artistically directed by Rita Cucè) and the Fine Arts Faculty of the Kabul University for teachers training and the diffusion of music among new generations.

The three days will culminate in a great kite race (traditional game in the country) involving the 450 children living one of the biggest orphanages of the country, that will be subjected to sustain and improvement by the next PeaceWaves projects.