Re­gional con­flicts pre­vent­ing SDGs’ im­ple­men­ta­tion: Kuwait

‘Greater syn­ergy needed to tackle Arab world chal­lenges’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Sabeeh said Mon­day con­flicts in the re­gion pre­vented im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs), spe­cially in coun­tries wit­ness­ing armed con­flicts and least­de­vel­oped na­tions.

Al-Sabeeh, also Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, high­lighted im­por­tance of con­tri­bu­tions of Arab min­istries and in­sti­tu­tions to boost so­cial-re­lated per­for­mance in Arab coun­tries.

Al-Sabeeh, speak­ing be­fore a meet­ing of Arab So­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ters, said the role of the Arab Par­lia­ment was es­sen­tial to en­able the pri­vate sec­tor and civil so­ci­eties achieve de­vel­op­ment.

She said the min­is­ters would dis­cuss ter­ror­ism and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, erad­i­ca­tion of poverty and pro­tec­tion of el­derly.

Al-Sabeeh said Kuwait was keen on pro­mot­ing philanthropy and hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion. The Arab min­is­ters, added the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial, would pay a special at­ten­tion to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who should be fully in­te­grated into so­ci­ety.

Tu­nisian Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs Mo­ham­mad Tarabulsi thanked Kuwait for host­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence over the suf­fer­ing of the Pales­tinian child.

He hoped rec­om­men­da­tions of the con­fer­ence would be en­forced to pro­vide pro­tec­tion for the Pales­tinian chil­dren, who were liv­ing un­der the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion.

Mean­while, Arab League Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ah­mad Abul-Gheit un­der­lined the need for greater syn­ergy among Arab state to tackle the huge de­mo­graphic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial chal­lenges fac­ing re­gion and con­tain their reper­cus­sions on peo­ple.


In his in­au­gu­ral speech at the 37th ses­sion of the Arab So­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil in Kuwait Mon­day, AbulGheit warned that the enor­mous so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian back­wash of the his­toric time of change in the Arab world are pos­ing se­ri­ous threats to so­ci­eties.

The Arab world is un­der­go­ing a deep and rapid change, he said.

He cau­tioned that some of the chal­lenges cre­ated by this sit­u­a­tion are tan­ta­mount to real men­aces to so­ci­eties’ se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and wel­fare.

He lamented that the wave of un­rest that rat­tled sev­eral Arab coun­tries had a rip­ple ef­fect on the re­gion. It has left some so­ci­eties dis­mem­bered, nu­mer­ous ci­ties de­stroyed, mil­lions of peo­ple dis­placed and states slid into bloody civil con­flicts, he said.

De­spite these un­prece­dented com­plex­i­ties, the Arab League chief ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of Arab coun­tries in over­com­ing these dif­fi­cul­ties and mov­ing for­ward to brighter fu­ture. Abul-Gheit, how­ever, stressed that both govern­ments and civil so­ci­ety had be­come more aware of the des­per­ate need for real re­forms.

On the ter­ror­ism threat, he pointed out that the Arab So­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil is deal­ing with the so­cial as­pect of the phe­nom­e­non.

The coun­cil is not only in­ter­ested in an­swer­ing the ques­tion of how to counter ter­ror­ism but rather how ter­ror­ism did find a foothold in our so­ci­eties, he sug­gested.

The Arab League chief also stated that the Arab League is try­ing to erad­i­cate poverty through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment plan which was rat­i­fied by the Arab lead­ers in their sum­mit in Nouakchott.

He re­it­er­ated the call for Arab So­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil to put in place its five-year plan and ful­fill the great tasks as­signed to it. He urged mem­ber states to con­tinue their sup­port to the Arab Fund for Eco­nomic and So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

Mean­while, Arab Par­lia­ment Speaker Me­shaal Al-Selmi em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of agree­ing on a uni­fied Arab vi­sion for achiev­ing so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

In a speech read out on his be­half by his deputy Adel Al-Asoumi at the 37th Arab So­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ters Coun­cil in Kuwait Mon­day, Al-Selmi wel­comed the Arab min­is­te­rial meet­ing fol­low up de­lib­er­a­tions on the re­quired mea­sures to elim­i­nate mul­ti­di­men­sional poverty and achieve so­cial de­vel­op­ment based on the am­bi­tious plans of Arab govern­ments.

Abul Gheit

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