The Arab Administrative Development Organisation (ARADO) will hold its 15th annual conference under the auspices of Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Araby on 15 December.
The three-day conference called the “Development Agenda in Arab Countries beyond 2015” will discuss the techniques and mechanisms to implement the agenda approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 December 2014.
The UN agenda consisted of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The UN provided over 169 additional purposes to improve millennium development goals and works on achieving goals have yet to be accomplished.
Some of the most remarkable SDGs include the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the achievement of universal primary education, the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the reduction of child mortality.
In addition, they include the improvement of maternal health, combating diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and the development of a global partnership for development.
Egyptian Minister of Planning Ashraf El-Araby, Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, and founder and CEO of Talal Abu Ghazala International Group Talal Abu Ghazala will all attend the conference.
It will be hosted by General Manager of the Arab Administrative Development Organisation Nasser Al-Kahtani and will also be attended by a group of Arab and foreign ambassadors, public figures, and international experts.
Al-Kahtani said the organisation adopts a vision that targets various Arab sectors that are committed to achieving the UN-approved Development Agenda in Arab Countries beyond 2015.
ARADO’s conference supervisor Basman Al-Faisal said Arab states urgently require economic, social, and development models that are consistent with the constantly changing global environment that we are currently facing.
Al-Faisal believes the agenda has been hindered and many of its goals postponed as a result of the continuous turbulence faced by many Arab countries.
“Unfortunately, we have lost multiple development opportunities due to the global unrest that is currently present and, needles to mention, the adoption of many inaccurate or unsuccessful strategies, which of course delayed development,” Al-Faisal said.
This conference is being held in alliance with numerous notable political and economic institutions including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and experts and specialists from 20 foreign and Arab countries.