Jordan presents 2nd national review of goals for 2022

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AMMAN — The government has presented the second voluntary national review for the year 2022, as part of its efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to Al-Ghad News. The presentation was made at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which was held recently at the UN in New York.اضافة اعلان

A draft document showed that Jordan has made significant progress in implementing seven out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to the total eradication of hunger and the provision of quality education against a decline in economic growth and decent work goals.

According to the draft issued by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, 18.4 percent of the indicators of the SDGs have negative trends, while 19 percent of these goals were stable and did not see significant progress or regression.

Also, according to the draft, there has been progress by the Kingdom in the field of responsible consumption and production, protection of life under sea, sustainable use of marine resources to achieve sustainable development, clean water and sanitation, infrastructure and industry innovation.

The least progress was made in the eighth goal on decent work and economic growth, and the tenth goal on reducing inequalities, at a time when Jordan cannot achieve comprehensive and sustainable economic, social, and environmental development on its own, the report stated.

Jordan faces chronic difficulties related to water shortages, dependence on external energy sources, and the increased risks associated with climate change, which makes addressing its high rates of unemployment, poverty, and development disparities more difficult, according to the draft.

According to the draft, universities within the governorates will act as incubators for the SDGs, to play an effective role in raising awareness within the student body and the local community in this regard.

In the field of gender mainstreaming, Jordan will give priority to enhancing women’s representation in policies, planning, and crisis response mechanisms, while also working to increase societal awareness of gender equality issues, data development, and partnerships with all relevant entities, according to draft report.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh, chairman of the Higher National Committee for Sustainable Development, headed the Jordanian delegation.

In his opening remarks, Shraideh said that Jordan continues to give priority to the implementation of political, legislative, economic, and social reforms, which have witnessed unprecedented momentum in recent months, and to encourage investment and fight poverty and unemployment. He added that Jordan is working to achieve food security, provide quality social services, build human resource capacities, enhance professional, technical and digital skills, as well as expand local research and development programs.

The review indicated that the consequences that Jordan bears as a result of the Syrian crisis and hosting more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees have exacerbated the burdens on the public budget, host communities, and public services.

Jordan’s economy was exposed to a new crisis as a result of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had negative effects on various aspects of economic activity in 2020, causing a contraction of 1.6 percent in the economy, in addition to the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which was recently manifested in the disruption of supply chains and the increase in oil and commodity prices, which will be reflected on efforts to recover from the pandemic.

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