Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 December 2012 - The Fellowship, which has has seen 400 Fellows graduate to date, is an annual programme which builds the capacity and enhances the leadership, management, and professional skills of a core group of senior government officials, academics, and practitioners from Afghanistan. Sharing Hiroshima's lessons in post-conflict reconstruction, the Fellowship discusses important themes such as organization development and change, project design and management, and human resources development and management.

Four workshops are held during each Fellowship cycle – two in Kabul, as well as in Abu Dhabi and Hiroshima. These are augmented by several Web seminars over the course of the Fellowship, connecting Hiroshima and Kabul with Singapore; Doha, Qatar; Calgary, Canada; and Austin, Texas. In addition, for the duration of the Fellowship, Fellows are connected to international Mentors, from Canada, Chile, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, who work to provide international support, insight, and advice regaarding the Programme's activities.

The 2012 Graduation Workshop concluded with the Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr Omar Zakhelwel, a long-time supporter of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office and the Fellowship Programme, providing concluding remarks, and presiding over the graduation ceremony. A video presentation was also made by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director ad interim, Sally Fegan-Wyles. Also in attendance were the Chairman of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat (DABS); Ministry of Finance Human Resources Director and UNITAR Honorary Faculty Member Mr. Musa Kamawi; Members of Parliament; and related Ministry officials.

UNITAR thanks the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan, Fellows, Coaches, and ARPs, as well as the international Mentors and Resource Persons for their dedication and support for another successful Fellowship Cycle.