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Sustainable development in Arab world calls for concerted efforts, Khater tells UN forum

Sustainable development in Arab world calls for concerted efforts, Khater tells UN forum

QNA
doha
Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater participated in the session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which was held to review the performance of different regions on the indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Khater participated in the session organied by the United Nations via video call as a representative of the Arab region.
In her speech, Khater said comprehensive development work remains stalled in the Arab region and requires concerted efforts and the adoption of effective tools and mechanisms to identify priority groups and direct projects in favour of the countries that are most in need.
She also indicated that the Arab countries agreed that sustainable development is conditional on ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just peace in the Palestinian territories, which requires the support of the UN and the international community.
Khater also stressed the necessity of partnership with civil society, with all its components, in all stages of development planning and implementation, to make national strategies more comprehensive for all segments of society.
Khater noted that the consensus of the Arab countries during the workshops organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), focused on independence of thought and research centres in the countries of the region and the need to provide the funding and resources required for these centres.
She concluded her speech by referring to the Arab countries’ agreement on the importance of developing government institutions, providing them with capacities and supporting them with partnerships, to ensure their readiness to adapt to and respond to emergency conditions and crises.
Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Omar Hilali; Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare officer of Zimbabwe Paul Mavima; Minister of International Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba Rodrigo Malmierca, Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN in Geneva Vaqif Sadiqov, and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Samantha Jayasuriya participated in the session.

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