The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), in collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), has recently introduced a special edition of the Arab Region Sustainable Development Index and Dashboards. This release is a result of MBRSG’s involvement as a knowledge partner of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, which is being held in Dubai with the overarching theme of “Shaping Future Governments.”
Based on data analysis, the report reveals that out of the 22 Arab countries, seven have made notable progress, completing approximately two-thirds of the journey towards achieving the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. However, it highlights the need for all countries in the region to accelerate their efforts. The frontrunners face the challenge of accomplishing their remaining developmental objectives, which are typically the most difficult in their respective local contexts.
Heightened risks of climate change in the Arab region
The report issues a warning about the heightened risks of climate change in the Arab region. These risks are projected to exacerbate the region’s existing socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability. It calls for bold action and proactive policy interventions to expedite just green transitions, as reported by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
The report sheds light on the developmental challenges faced by the Arab region, particularly the least developed countries. It also provides a practical tool to guide targeted interventions aimed at achieving positive change across all sustainable development goals in the region.
Obstacles in developmental sectors
Despite some positive regional initiatives, the report highlights significant obstacles across various developmental sectors in the Arab region. It underscores the need for intensified efforts and the adoption of regional strategies to address existing gaps and drive progress towards a more sustainable future.
Gender equality as a major regional challenge
The report identifies the fifth goal of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is gender equality, as a major regional challenge, with all Arab countries scoring low in this area. Additionally, the effects of conflicts in certain Arab countries pose a significant obstacle to achieving the 16th goal, which is peace, justice, and strong institutions.
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