In this Emirates Diplomatic Academy Insight, Dr Mari Luomi of the EDA’s Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development research programme, highlights efforts by Arab countries to date in enhancing the frameworks for regional and domestic governance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Insight, titled Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals – Early Experiences in the Arab Region, presents an overview of regional cooperation mechanisms and processes focused on the 2030 Agenda and explores several Arab countries’ experiences in integrating the SDGs into national strategies, plans and institutional implementation and monitoring frameworks.
The Insight finds that the Arab countries that have shared information about early implementation efforts on the 2030 Agenda all show a high degree of aspirational commitment to aligning development strategies and policy frameworks with the Agenda and its SDGs. Work to mainstream the Agenda is well underway but its institutionalisation is at different stages. A number of commonalities are visible among the countries examined, including the need for further attention to data aggregation and to building robust monitoring and follow-up mechanisms. In addition, there are a number of areas/tasks where collaboration among a broader group of stakeholders could help enhance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across the Arab region. Many of these tasks could be coordinated by regional knowledge management and capacity-building institutions, the study argues.
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