Planning minister presents Jordan’s 2nd Voluntary National Review at UN

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NEW YORK - Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nasser Shraideh, presented Jordan’s 2nd Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.اضافة اعلان

The move came as Shraideh, who chaired the Jordanian delegation, took part at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, according to a Planning Ministry statement on Friday.

The minister spoke about challenges facing Jordan since the first review in 2017 including destabilization in the Middle region, hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which have adversely affected levels of development and growth in Jordan that led to high unemployment rates, low foreign direct investment, supply chain disruptions, as well as increasing costs for energy, food, and other basic commodities.

Despite all regional challenges Jordan has accomplished 6 out of the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development including eradicating hunger, providing quality education, providing clean water, industry and innovation, consumption and production and life under water, Shraideh said.

The minister submitted a number of suggestions stemmed from the Covid-19 pandemic experiment including affective healthcare systems, investing in human capital and increasing access to social protection and safety nets.

The minister conveyed the outcomes of the 2022 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, which was held mid-March and organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia in cooperation with the Arab League under the theme "Recovery and resilience", to the UN Economic and Social Council.

The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

The Forum meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly for two days.

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