Nov 19

Emirates Diplomatic Academy Launches SDG Center of Excellence for the Arab Region

Speaker :

Nov 19, 2018

Continuing to advance its platform that combines the best of academia, research and practice in the preparation of the UAE’s current and future diplomats, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) today announced the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Center of Excellence for the Arab Region (SDGCAR).

In collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), EDA will build the SDGCAR as a centre of training and research with a specific focus on regional challenges and solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

After a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between EDA and the SDSN Association, the establishment of SDGCAR was formally announced at a launch event. The occasion drew the participation of His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and Vice Chair of the UAE National Committee on SDGs; His Excellency Bernardino León, EDA Director General; and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN Director. They were joined by His Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; His Excellency Borge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum; and Her Excellency Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency and EDA Deputy Director General, for a panel discussion entitled ‘Implementing the SDGs in the Arab Region and the Role of Diplomacy’. 

On this occasion, Her Excellency Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairwoman of the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, said: “Sustainable Development Goals represent important components of Vision 2021. Being host to the SDGCAR will add credence to the good work EDA already has conducted in the region and present EDA as the de facto choice when searching for research, training and knowledge on SDGs. It will also make valuable contributions towards the UAE’s achievements of the SDGs.”

Among its first initiatives, the SDGCAR will support SDSN by being part of its extraordinary network of massive open online courses (MOOCs). In addition, the Centre will engage in various activities related to sustainable development diplomacy.