UN official: UN plays key role in helping Kuwait achieve Sustainable Development Goals

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The United Nations in Kuwait is playing a key role by supporting the government to align their plans, enhance their role, and buildi national capacities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Moises Venancio, UN Resident Coordinator aid in Kuwait, said Wednesday.


This came in a news statement issued by the UN mission in the country on kicking off a communications campaign to rally for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The campaign comes before the 2023 SDG Summit that will gather world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18-19 September to reaffirm their collective commitments to the Goals and the promise to leave no one behind. Venancio called on the private sector, academic bodies, NGOs and all nationals to contribute to achieving the agenda of the global sustainable goals.


Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development Dr. Khaled Mahdi stated that the State of Kuwait is based on a solid history of development and maintaining sustainability at the core of its policies and strategies.

Eight years ago, at the beginning of the SDGs, the government took a comprehensive decision to integrate all 17 SDG goals and 169 targets within the country's long-term vision, which was approved one year before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, he noted. Indeed, Vision 2035 - New Kuwait consists of wide-ranging pillars, which are fully endorsed and structurally integrated with the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, as well as their indicators, he said.


The State of Kuwait now intends to submit its second voluntary national report (VNR2) to the High-Level Political Forum in July 2023, with the aim of documenting the progress made in implementation in various relevant sectors in the country, checking for shortcomings and persistent challenges, and identifying strategies and approaches that require further attention at all levels of Governance and renew commitment to review it, he stated.


The campaign aims to amplify an urgent call for ambitious new action, display the Goals as the blueprint for sustainable progress globally, and stimulate the global public around this shared agenda for our common future.