Afghanistan London Conference 2010
On January 28 2010, an International Conference on Afghanistan was held at Lancaster House in London, where members of the international community discussed the further progress on the Petersberg agreement from 2001 on the democratization of Afghanistan after the ousting of the Taliban regime. The one-day conference, hosted by the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the Afghan government, meant to chart a new course for the future of Afghanistan and brought together foreign ministers and senior representatives from more than 70 countries and international organizations. The conference was also attended by the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs, the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, UN envoy Kai Eide and the British Secretary of State David Miliband, as well as the former Afghan minister of finance Ashraf Ghani and former British prime minister Gordon Brown. Afghanistan agreed to timetables to take control of certain military and police functions, and launched a program to lure Taliban insrugents back to mainstream life with financial incentives.