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  •   Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
      Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
    Africa3 months ago

    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities

    Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring, including Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), to improve local governance, identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a session organized by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Middle East and Western Asia (UCLG-MEWA) and the Arab Cities Organization (ATO), in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) .

    In the session titled “The State of Arab Cities”, participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs, which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level, can address data gaps, as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments. local.

    “We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region,” said Dr. Erfan Ali, UN-Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region, in his remarks. closing.

    The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development. Addressing this challenge, UN-Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA, UCLG-MEWA and ATO.

    “The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development. Only through accurate data, cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs”, Ing. Ahmed Sobeih, Secretary General of ATO, highlighted.

    The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs. In the Arab region, following an inclusive and participatory approach, two cities have started developing their VLRs, namely Amman, Jordan and Agadir, Morocco, with more cities due to start the process later this year.

    “VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world, establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030”, Mrs. Njoud AbdelJawad, Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support, commented on Aman's goals in implementing VLR.

    Mr. Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of UCLG-MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation.

    WUF, organized by UN-Habitat, is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years. WUF11 is co-organized by UN-Habitat, the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office.

  •   The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable However it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework BEIRUT Lebanon December 20 2021 APO Group The least developed Arab countries LDCs members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA namely Mauritania Somalia the Sudan and Yemen have faced severe economic problems instability and bleak growth prospects The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The conflicts have led to massive displacement leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen SDRPY on Arab LDCs Development Challenges and Opportunities According to the report growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010 Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid decade onwards Similarly the growth of gross domestic product GDP in Yemen gradually sank into negativity with a 50 contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020 Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries albeit weak is private consumption followed by government consumption and elements that would normally generate significant economic development such as private investment have not played a significant role in economic growth In this context ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions especially in countries affected by chronic conflict The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable however it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace he said He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure Long term dependency on aid must be reversed and security humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre peace and post peace phases he concluded For his part SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir shared that SDRPY s partnership with ESCWA was fruitful On the collaboration Al Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011 2020 The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade In addition the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and in particular Yemen and its sister people The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work on the one hand and achieving development and peace on the other This report is the key document for an ESCWA led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011 as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022 Furthermore the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development
    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries
      The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable However it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework BEIRUT Lebanon December 20 2021 APO Group The least developed Arab countries LDCs members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA namely Mauritania Somalia the Sudan and Yemen have faced severe economic problems instability and bleak growth prospects The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The conflicts have led to massive displacement leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen SDRPY on Arab LDCs Development Challenges and Opportunities According to the report growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010 Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid decade onwards Similarly the growth of gross domestic product GDP in Yemen gradually sank into negativity with a 50 contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020 Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries albeit weak is private consumption followed by government consumption and elements that would normally generate significant economic development such as private investment have not played a significant role in economic growth In this context ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions especially in countries affected by chronic conflict The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable however it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace he said He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure Long term dependency on aid must be reversed and security humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre peace and post peace phases he concluded For his part SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir shared that SDRPY s partnership with ESCWA was fruitful On the collaboration Al Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011 2020 The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade In addition the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and in particular Yemen and its sister people The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work on the one hand and achieving development and peace on the other This report is the key document for an ESCWA led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011 as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022 Furthermore the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development
    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries
    Africa10 months ago

    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries

    The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable; However, it must be provided within a long-term sustainable framework.

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, December 20, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The least developed Arab countries (LDCs) members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), namely Mauritania, Somalia, the Sudan and Yemen, have faced severe economic problems, instability and bleak growth prospects. The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conflicts have led to massive displacement, leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

    These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) on “Arab LDCs: Development Challenges and Opportunities”.

    According to the report, growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade. Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010. Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid-decade onwards.

    Similarly, the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Yemen gradually sank into negativity, with a 50% contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020. Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year.

    The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries, albeit weak, is private consumption followed by government consumption, and elements that would normally generate significant economic development, such as private investment, have not played a significant role. in economic growth.

    In this context, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian, development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions, especially in countries affected by chronic conflict.

    “The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable; however, it must be provided within a long-term, sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace, "he said. He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure. "Long-term dependency on aid must be reversed, and security, humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre-peace and post-peace phases," he concluded.

    For his part, SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jabir, shared that SDRPY's partnership with ESCWA was fruitful. On the collaboration, Al-Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011-2020. The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade. In addition, the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict, which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved. , as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and, in particular, Yemen and its sister people.

    The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work, on the one hand, and achieving development and peace, on the other.

    This report is the key document for an ESCWA-led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011, as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022.

    Furthermore, the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals. and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development.