The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt launched, together with the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform (MoMAR), the “Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support” (MAPS) Engagements in Egypt. MAPS is a common approach used to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level.
Dr. Ahmed Kamali, Deputy Minister of MoPMAR, Mr. Richard Dictus, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Randa Aboul Hosn, UNDP Country Director, and Mr. Ahmed Zahran, Head of the National Planning Institute, opened the event in the presence of representatives from ministries, national statistical institutions, the UN Family in Egypt, development partners and academia.
Mr. Richard Dictus, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, opened the event, explaining the ongoing process and work plan of the MAPS engagements for Egypt. The UN is supporting four work packages to enable the government of Egypt to implement its National Strategy Egypt Vision 2030 and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 4 work packages are integrated and will provide an integrated value offering for capacity strengthening, building institutional linkages, identifying accelerators to finance the SDs, and data generation and utilization, with the aim of leaving no one behind. UNDP, UNFPA, UNCIEF and the OECD will be leading each work package, ensuring that priorities areas for action are identified and complemented. He highlighted the role of the United Nations to help the government mainstream, accelerate and provide policy support to implement the SDGs.
Dr. Ahmed Kamali, Deputy Minister of MoPMAR, in his speech, presented the key achievements of Egypt’s National Voluntary Report 2018 that was presented mid this month at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. The report covered 5 SDGs and showcased Egypt’s progress to implement the SDGs. He emphasized the importance of data availability in identifying and addressing the key development challenges in order to reach sustainable development.
Presenting the UNDP work package, Ms. Randa Abou El Hosn explained tools such as International Futures that analyzes development trends in various countries and accelerates the implementation of SDGs. She congratulated Egypt for the commitment and for the steps taken to achieve the SDGs.
From his side, Mr. Ahmed Zahran, Head of the National Planning Institute, spoke about the importance of interlinkages between the various SDGs. He mentioned that the Institute has conducted a study that provided a thorough evaluation of the goals, in a way that would serve Egypt’s steps to implement the SDGs.
The agenda for the day covered presentations on International Futures: Long-range forecasting, interlinkages between development issues. The tool helps Egypt identify its position and development progress compared to other countries.
The day was followed by a training to the International Futures forecasting model and will be followed by a 2-days intensive training to government officials on how to use to tools to simulate future development pathways for Egypt.
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Fatma Elzahraa Yassin
United Nations Development Programme
For over 50 years, UNDP has been supporting the Egyptian government and people in their efforts to reduce poverty and to promote sustainable human development policies. One of the hallmarks of UNDP Egypt’s success is its long-term support to the Government in building and sustaining strategic national institutions that have added significant value to improving people’s lives in the country.
International Futures (IFs) IFs is a tool for thinking about long-term country-specific, regional, and global futures. IFs integrates forecasts across different sub-models, including: population, economy, agriculture, education, energy, sociopolitical, international political, environment, technology, infrastructure, and health. These sub-models are dynamically connected, so IFs simulates how changes in one system lead to changes across all other systems. As a result, IFs endogenizes more relationships from a wider range of key global systems than any other model in the world. Download the open source tool for free at pardee.du.edu.
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