GCC-UNDP in deal to boost ties over human development

GCC-UNDP in deal to boost ties over human development
Updated 30 September 2015

GCC-UNDP in deal to boost ties over human development

GCC-UNDP in deal to boost ties over human development

RIYADH: The GCC and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a deal to increase cooperation in the field of human development and resilience to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global vision to put people and the planet on a sustainable path by 2030.
“Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani and UNDP administrator Helen Clark on Monday signed an MoU at the UNDP headquarters in New York,” a GCC official said here on Tuesday.
“The MoU is a step forward in the ongoing collaboration with UNDP,” said Al-Zayani after signing the MoU. “The GCC is committed to supporting resilience and achievement of the SDGs in the GCC countries.”
Commenting on the MoU Clark said, “UNDP and GCC are committed toward the achievement of the SDGs across the Arab states.”
“This significant partnership with the GCC will allow UNDP to offer stronger support to Arab countries striving toward these important objectives,” she said.
By signing the MoU, the two sides are now committed to sharing expertise and knowledge for human development and resilience across the region facing crisis in some countries; the cooperation includes joint action in training, capacity building and staff exchange as well as organization of conferences, seminars and workshops in order to achieve the goals.
The MoU assumes greater significance as it comes in line with the world leaders adopting the SDGs on Sept. 25 during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly and it will form the bedrock of a new development agenda that can set the world on a course of action to end poverty, transform lives and protect the planet.