Egypt started the national consultations between the government and the United Nations (UN) in Egypt, on Tuesday, relating to the development of the new UN sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2023-2027.
The Egyptian side of the consultations are taking place under the leadership of Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, with the meeting taking place in cooperation with the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Egypt, Elena Panova.
The workshop witnessed the active participation of more than 50 representatives from over 30 government agencies, including: ministries; national councils; government centres; along with the representatives of 28 UN agencies in Egypt.
It aims to exchange views on the national priorities of Egypt’s development agenda, and set together the national priorities of the new cooperation agreement between the two sides for the next five years.
The high level of active engagement between the Egyptian Government and the UN in Egypt shows Egypt’s sincere commitment towards the implementation of its sustainable development agenda and 2030 global development agenda.
This was reflected in the valuable input of the participants who presented concrete and actionable ideas for designing the joint cooperation framework which represents all possible ways to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
“We are glad to lay down the cooperation agenda with the UN agencies; learning from the UNPDF 2018-2022 and aligning the future interventions with the Government of Egypt’s development vision,” Minister Al-Mashat said, “At the ministry, we believe in the power of multilateralism, curating impactful partnerships that cater to both the national and global targets.”
She added, “The ‘New Government Action Plan’ is the Ministry’s blueprint for development, following the Country’s areas of focus.”
Panova said, “The UN in Egypt is so keen to continue working hand in hand with the Government of Egypt to meet the promise of leaving no one behind and building forward better through a coherent and inclusive partnership strategy guided by the national development priorities and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.”
She also said, “Planning and implementing together is the guarantee of achieving tangible results and meeting the aspirations of more than 100 million people in Egypt.”
The UN Cooperation Framework is the most strategic instrument for planning and implementing the UN development activities at the country level. It aims to support the implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda as outlined in the General Assembly resolution #72/279.