Emirates News Agency – UAE at the UN Sustainable Development Policy Forum

NEW YORK, 16th July, 2022 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation to the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York concluded its visit after , when several meetings and agreements with the participating delegations from different countries, as well as with US government and semi-government entities.

During the forum, the delegation presented the second edition of the UAE Voluntary National Review Report.

Head of Delegation Abdullah Nasser Lootah informed the participating delegations about several programs and initiatives that the UAE government has launched to improve its operations and expand services to the public.

At the forum, Lootah met United Nations Under-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. The exchange of government experience was discussed, which provides an insight into the state’s experience and best practices in the field of administration development and modernization, as well as digitization of state services. The UN Under-Secretary-General appreciated the UAE contribution offered by the exchange program and the various insights it provides on policies and strategies, government performance, the Global Service Star Rating System, government excellence and several other areas.

During the meeting, Loota emphasized the UAE’s openness to the world and the importance of developing partnerships that support world peace and prosperity in line with the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE delegation also met Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary. They had fruitful discussions on ways to enhance cooperation between the UAE and Pakistan.

In addition, the Emirati delegation introduced the Digital School, the first integrated Arab digital school and one of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), given the school’s global focus.

In this context, the delegation signed an agreement with the University of Arizona to collaborate to achieve the school’s goal of providing digital education to disadvantaged communities around the world.

On the other hand, MBRGI Office Director Sara Al Nuaimi gave a detailed presentation on MBRGI’s achievements and various programs that touched the lives of more than 91 million people in 97 countries in 2021. These include projects in the field of education, as well as provision of food, health and technological support.

The delegation also held several bilateral meetings and talks with many delegations participating in the forum. They included the Swiss delegation led by Secretary of State Jacques Ducrest, the Federal Council’s 2030 Agenda delegate, the Greek delegation led by Akis Skertsos, Minister of State for Coordination of the Greek Government, as well as delegations from Montenegro, Bahrain. and other participating countries. During the meeting, the Emirati delegation discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the UAE and these countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, promote knowledge exchange and mechanisms for the development and improvement of strategic partnerships.

In addition, the visit included several events and meetings on the sidelines of the forum.

Translated by Mervat Mahmoud.


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