CAIRO: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, Helen Clark, congratulated H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi President of the Arab Republic of Egypt for his leadership on Egypt’s forward-looking Sustainable Development Strategy that he launched last month.
Ms. Clark commended the emphasis that Egypt’s 2030 vision puts on key economic, social and environmental challenges and aspirations for Egypt’s future in close alignment with the global Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 that world leaders agreed upon at the last UN General Assembly Summit. She promised UNDP’s continued support to Egypt’s 2030 development quest.
H.E. President El Sisi received Ms. Clark at the conclusion of her visit to Cairo, where she opened the “Arab Ministerial Conference on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab States.”
“The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 is a comprehensive agenda which is highly relevant to the Arab States region. Now the hard work must begin to implement it,” underlined Ms. Clark In her opening speech at the conference. “I am encouraged that so many of the issues which are critical to implementation of the SDGs are reflected in the agenda of the conference. UNDP stands ready to play its full part in support of implementation of the SDGs in this region,” she added.
The Administrator held meetings with Egypt’s Prime Minister H.E. Sherif Ismail, Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sameh Shukry, and Minister of Social Solidarity H.E. Ghada Waly, in the presence of Dr. Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau of Arab States. Ms. Anita Nirody, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and Mr. Ignacio Artaza, UNDP Country Director, also took part in those meetings where they discussed cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Egypt as well as future plans to continue supporting Egypt in achieving sustainable development.