The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) on funding the Sustainable Development Goals Centre of Excellence for the Arab Region (SDGCAR).
His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at MoFAIC, and His Excellency Bernardino Leon, Director General of EDA, signed the agreement at the Ministry’s headquarters on 15 December.
The MoU aims to promote the sharing of research and other knowledge sources on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are relevant to the Arab region as well as to diplomacy and international cooperation. The landmark agreement also covers the provision of training for civil servants on the most efficient ways of contributing to the SDGs in their organisations.
In line with its mission of combining the best of academia, research and practice to qualify the country’s current and future diplomats, EDA launched the SDGCAR in November 2018 in collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The centre of training and research focuses on regional challenges and solutions associated with achieving the SDGs.
His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi said: We are pleased to sign the MoU that supports the implementation of the SDGs at various levels of government and identifies implementation priorities. The SDGCAR is a unique entity in the Arab region, as it provides access to major SDG-related studies, reports and other electronic knowledge resources while helping accelerate the region’s progress in achieving the SDGs.
He added: For MoFAIC, driving the SDG implementation in the Arab region is one of the top priorities for the upcoming years. We will continue to work closely with EDA to support each other’s policies and agendas linked to this goal.
His Excellency Bernardino Leon said: Today is a monumental day for us a day of strengthening our cooperation with MoFAIC in developing capabilities and research on the SDGs.
He added: With only a decade left to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs, adopted by all UN member states in 2015, we must continue to send a clear message about the need to accelerate efforts in all areas of sustainable development in the region. In addition to other benefits, our new MoU will enable civil servants to make a significant contribution to achieving these crucial goals.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs