UNDP Resident Representative and Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation meet journalists on the SDGs

Aug 23, 2016

The UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative a.i El-Mostafa Benlamlih, and Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr spoke at the media gathering. Abd Elhamid Ezzat/UNDP Egypt

On the occasion of one year since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of International Cooperation (MoIC) organized a media gathering on the role of the United Nations and UNDP in relation to achieving the SDGs in Egypt. The UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative a.i El-Mostafa Benlamlih, and Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr spoke at the event in the presence the journalists from various national newspapers and press agencies.

A video and a presentation on the SDGs was shown, followed by remarks from the UNDP Resident Representative a.i., who addressed attendees on the SDGs and the global 2030 Agenda, and Dr. Sahar Nasr who explained Egypt’s efforts to advance the SDGs in Egypt.

The UNDP Resident Representative a.i. spoke about the global agenda and the importance of the event which comes one year after the launch of the SDGs. He highlighted the progress made globally in certain areas such as Health with the eradication of Ebola, as well as in the field of renewable energy. He also stressed the role of the international community in achieving the SDGs, emphasizing that the responsibility doesn’t befall developing nations only, but all nations due to the global repercussions local events can have. He gave examples of migration flows from Africa and the Middle East towards Europe.

Dr. Sahar Nasr reiterated Egypt’s commitment to the SDGs, and that one of the ministry’s key contributions was the preparation and publication of the Voluntary National Review. She also highlighted Egypt’s leadership role on the continent as one of the 22 states volunteering for the review. The Minister also indicated that a National Committee has been created to monitor the implementation of the SDGs.

Minister Nasr praised the role of UNDP, working in Egypt for over five decades in support of sustainable development and improving citizens living conditions, particularly in rural and marginalized areas. The Minister specifically referred to UNDP’s work with the Social Development Fund which contributes to the creation of 285,000 jobs a year, as well as the success in establishing Legal-Aid Offices in Family Courts throughout the country.

The UNDP Resident Representative a.i. and the Minister emphasized Egypt’s leadership role in relation to the SDGs, and the importance of the participation of all sectors of society including the private sector in the effort to achieve the goals.

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