Stef Blok, Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Joins Meeting of UN Officials and Afghan Organizations To Select the First Ever Afghan Youth Representative to The United Nations

Kabul, Afghanistan—June 20, 2018—The Bayat Foundation (, Afghanistan’s largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, demonstrated its ongoing commitment to building a peaceful and tolerant society, when, on June 19, 2018, at its Bayat Media Center offices, the Foundation hosted an official visit from His Excellency, The Honorable Stef Blok, Foreign Minister of The Netherlands.

Foreign Minister Blok journeyed to The Bayat Media Center to join a panel of experts, including H.E. Tadechi Yamamoto UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, and H.E. Adela Raz, Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation, tasked with the selection of Afghanistan’s Youth Representative to The United Nations.

Upon their selection, The Afghan Youth Representative to The United Nations, will complete these critical tasks:

  • The Afghan Youth Representative will meet with young people throughout Afghanistan, to listen to their ideas for building a tolerant, peaceful and forward-looking Afghanistan. The Afghan Youth Representative will also seek input from young people about the proper role of the UN in Afghanistan’s development.

Following the completion of this fact-finding initiative, The Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations will present their findings at the United Nations in New York, during the first week of October.

“The Government of the Netherlands has been a strong friend to Afghanistan. Our hosting of Foreign Minister Blok of the Netherlands, and other high-level members of the Selection Committee for the Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations, is one of the many ways the Bayat Foundation is committed to Afghanistan’s progress,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Foundation.

“The appointment of an Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations gives young Afghans—who are the hope and future of our country—a powerful, precious opportunity to build a peaceful, tolerant and forward-looking Afghanistan,” Dr. Bayat said.

About the Bayat Foundation:

Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsanollah Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 300 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan; including construction of 13 maternity hospitals that have now treated over 2,000,000 mothers and babies.

Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002, which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email

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