Discussion of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda  during the Arab Forum for SD, 2016

Discussion of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda during the Arab Forum for SD, 2016

The Environmental citizenship program (ECP) in Bahrain Women Association for Human Development have participated in the Arab Forum that was held in Amman, Jordan on the 29th and 30th of May 2016. The Forum was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) with the support of the Arab league.

The Forum intended as a primary regional platform to discuss cohesive and coordinated implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab region.

Mrs. Mahnaz Kadhemi, ECP Member, made two oral interventions during the sessions, one was about the role of Bahrain Women Association for Human Development in attaining the SDG within its strategic plans, and highlighted the importance of having value-oriented goals to enhance its implementation and aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. In her second intervention, she called up for a greater support for NGOs to overcome the accelerating challenges they face due to obstacles beyond their control.

Mrs Jehad Jaffer, a member of the same program has also presented a written intervention in which she emphasized on the importance of quality education for all, to ensure that citizens in all countries gets a chance of obtaining the knowledge and skills that best supports the sustainable development goals.

It is worth mentioning that the forum poses a regional dialogue and coordination regarding the execution, follow up, and to present the 2030 agenda  of the sustainable development plan in the Arab region. This aims to reinforce the understanding of the plan and to focus on its execution to assure that the sustainable development goals are merged into the National Strategic Development Plan. It also contributes to identify the implementation obstacles at the national and regional levels; propose solutions by mobilizing the means of implementation and developing initiatives with assessment mechanisms for monitoring, reporting the work progress; and to accelerate the implementation of consistent policies to achieve the sustainable development plan.

The findings and recommendations, conveying key messages from the participants, will be submitted to, and presented at, the High Level Political Forum convened under the auspices of the ECOSOC, ensuring that Arab countries have a voice at global level. The report of the Forum will also be submitted to the ESCWA twenty-ninth Ministerial Session.