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UAE gears up for UN high-level political forum, holds preparatory meeting to chart sustainable development path


DUBAI – Abdullah Nasser Al Ruta, Under-Cabinet Affairs Minister for Competitiveness and Knowledge Exchange, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and Statistics, and Vice-Chairman of the National Sustainable Development Goals Committee, highlighted the UAE’s progress in meeting the UN goals Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These achievements are due to collaborative efforts among government agencies, partners, and a strong collective commitment to deepening local and global sustainable development partnerships.

Lootah was speaking at a workshop organized by the General Secretariat of the National Sustainable Development Goals Committee in collaboration with COP28.

The workshop was designed to prepare the UAE delegation for the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) from July 10-19, where the UAE will unveil its progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals progress, and announce initiatives and ideas that will help society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the global goals by 2030.

Lootah described 2023 as the Year of Sustainability, a catalyst for all agencies and teams working to advance the SDGs. It also encourages the private sector and civil society to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives from the National SDG Council, COP28, SDG Young Leaders Programme, Commonwealth Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, Cabinet Affairs Government Knowledge Exchange Office participated in the workshop.

Participants reviewed plans to showcase the UAE’s model for accelerating progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They also explored the best ways to share this model with other countries through strategic partnerships designed to have a positive impact on people and the planet.

In his speech, Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of COP28, emphasized that “the COP and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are inseparable partners to build a sustainable future. We all know the importance of the SDGs in protecting our precious How important the planet is. They provide us with a comprehensive framework to guide us in protecting the environment, fostering global cooperation, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging systems thinking and providing a long-term vision for sustainable development.”

The UAE will host the world’s largest climate conference, COP28, in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

Ahead of the high-level political forum, Ambassador Majid referred to the UAE’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing, “They transcend boundaries and bring us together to take responsibility and address the pressing challenges we face, which is what we expect What happened at COP28.”

The New York High-Level Political Forum provides an opportunity to foster broad cooperation with countries around the world and jointly advance sustainable development. By linking economic and social development with pragmatic and innovative solutions, closer collaboration and cooperation can mitigate climate change and amplify the impact of climate action.

Held at the Government Accelerator headquarters in Emirates Towers, the workshop focused on preparations for COP28. Sabrin Rahman, Director of Partnerships at COP28, highlighted the climate progress achieved through partnerships between the UAE and other countries.

In 2022, the UAE government will present the country’s second voluntary national review on progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the High-Level Political Forum.

The upcoming forum, themed “Accelerating recovery from COVID-19 and fully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”, will focus on SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11 and 17.

The UAE delegation to the 2023 High-level Political Forum included representatives of the General Secretariat of the National Sustainable Development Goals Committee headed by Abdulla Nasser Lootah. Senior figures from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative, Abu Dhabi Development Fund, International Renewable Energy Agency and COP28 will be on hand.


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