In her role as National Coordinator of the National Committee for the Follow Up on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), H.E. Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Coordination, will be traveling to New York tomorrow to represent Egypt in the UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting. H.E. will also be taking part in several meetings with UN Secretariat leadership to discuss ways forward in order to ensure effective implementation of the post-2015 agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, discussions will also focus on the establishment of specific and clear indicators to ensure effective follow-up on the implementation of the goals.
Dr. Nasr highlighted the timeliness of this event, in light of recent developments, both on a global and regional scale, which call for collective action to achieve a tangible impact and results in realizing these goals, as well as providing equal opportunity and social justice. H.E. emphasized that investing in human capital is a top priority, especially for the growing youth population, which requires enhancing quality of education and skills development in order to unlock the brimming potential of this underserved segment. The importance of promoting women’s empowerment, and realizing their crucial role as agents of economic and social advancement was also stressed by H.E..
Dr. Nasr further confirmed strong commitment to poverty eradication and job creation through inclusive and sustainable development and reaffirmed the commitment and dedication of the Egyptian government, as mandated by President El-Sisi, to provide all necessary support to help citizens achieve a life characterized by dignity, freedom, and equal opportunity, ensuring that no one is left behind on the path to inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
It is also worthy to note that the minister, in her capacity as National Coordinator of the National Committee for the Follow-Up on the SDGS, will be making a formal address on behalf of Egypt during the Ministerial Meeting, where she will highlight the strong historical partnership between Egypt and the UNDP, as well as showcase human and sustainable development stories that demonstrate the great strides taken to promote inclusive development in Egypt. H.E. will also be taking part in several high-level meetings focused on providing the necessary funding and support to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 by leaders of all member states, including President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and which aims to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, tackle climate change, and reinforce world peace by 2030