Kuwait achieves con­sid­er­able part of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals: SCPD

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KUWAIT: Kuwait has achieved a con­sid­er­able part of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) for Post-2015, said Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment (SCPD) Dr Khaled Mahdi.

Mahdi made the state­ment at a press con­fer­ence at the SCPD for the launch of the “Kuwaiti day for oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety”, held in co­op­er­a­tion with the UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNDP), with par­tic­i­pa­tion of the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO), In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM), and Kuwaiti So­ci­ety for Hu­man Rights.

The event seeks to sup­port the Kuwaiti Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power via pro­vid­ing ex­per­tise in la­bor mar­ket re­search, in ad­di­tion to em­pha­siz­ing the ne­ces­sity of im­ple­ment­ing the cri­te­ria of oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety, as well as com­mit­ment to rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional agree­ments, Mahdi said. He stressed ea­ger­ness by the SCPD and the man­power au­thor­ity as well as the UN or­ga­ni­za­tions to shed light on the oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety man­age­ment sys­tems.

Culture of pre­ven­tion

Ac­cord­ing to Mahdi, the culture of pre­ven­tion re­quires strong com­mit­ment and co­op­er­a­tion on the side of the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties, other in­volved bod­ies and em­ploy­ers to hit the set tar­gets. Kuwait has com­mit­ted it­self on 25 De­cem­ber at the UN Sum­mit for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment 2015, to rat­ify the SDGs for Post-2015, he said.

The SDGs agenda which com­prises 17 goals, cov­er­ing the three pil­lars of de­vel­op­ment, so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal. The goals of Kuwait’s mid-term de­vel­op­ment plan, 2014-2015 and 2019-2020, are closely re­lated to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN SDGs, he said.

Na­tional real­i­ties, level of de­vel­op­ment and re­spect of na­tional poli­cies and pri­or­i­ties are con­sid­ered. Mahdi noted that the to­tal work­force on the Kuwaiti la­bor mar­ket in 2014 hit 2,24 mil­lion peo­ple, about 60 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

Mean­while, Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power Ab­dul­lah Al-Mutaw­tah told the new con­fer­ence that in­vest­ing in the hu­man el­e­ment is a pri­or­ity of the state. He un­der­scored state’s keen­ness on im­ple­ment­ing the rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional agree­ments for pro­vid­ing a healthy la­bor en­vi­ron­ment, and pro­tect­ing work­ers against oc­cu­pa­tional and in­dus­trial risks and dis­eases. He said that there are 350 in­spec­tors op­er­at­ing na­tion­wide to mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Law 6/2010 on la­bor in the pri­vate sec­tor.

UNDP Deputy Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Kuwait Dima Al-Khatib also ad­dressed the con­fer­ence, and stressed ea­ger­ness to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship with the SCPD and the man­power au­thor­ity and the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions. She pointed to the sig­nif­i­cance of such events to boost aware­ness on oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety.

Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power Ab­dul­lah AlMutaw­tah.

Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Dr Khaled Mahdi

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