On 16 November 2005, two months before the launch of the Afghanistan Compact, the European Union and Afghanistan adopted the EU-Afghanistan Joint Declaration which established a new partnership. Based on increased cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan, the Declaration focuses on a variety of areas such as political and economic governance, justice sector reform, development, human rights and education. Almost four years later, and in continuation of the EU-Afghanistan Conference 2008, the Conference conducted a further review of the Declaration, especially in light of the upcoming presidential elections and recent developments in Afghanistan. A special focus therefore was on security, governance and regional cooperation.
Participants were Diplomats from Afghanistan, who attended a Training Course at the Federal Foreign Office (Internationale Diplomatenausbildung) and students from different universities and home countries.
After two days of successful debate, the EU-Afghanistan Conference adopted the
EU-Afghanistan Joint Declaration 2009.