DUBAI, 30th January, 2018 (WAM) — The National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, has applauded the great turnout from young Emiratis for the “SDGs in Action 2018” event, set to take place on 10th February, 2018, on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, to engage the youth in SDG plans and programmes.
The UAE youth join more than 300 executives from various local and international public, private and academic establishments to discuss plans, strategies, and initiatives that seek to achieve sustainable development, and address key challenges facing SDGs around the world.
Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairperson of the Board of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA, said, “Harnessing young people’s energy and channeling it towards development plans is the key to successful sustainable progress. In line with the leadership’s wise vision to engage young people in decision making, UAE government officials are committed to encouraging young Emiratis to take part in international events of this scale, in an effort to hone their skills and build on their ideas and suggestions to address challenges and build a better future.”
“Through its National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, the FCSA is committed to engaging young people in the sustainability agenda,” Al Hashemi added. “Their involvement is the fruit of the many initiatives that brought together the Authority, the Committee, and the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, since His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, announced, in February 2016, the world’s first ministry dedicated to the youth.”
Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairperson of the Emirates Youth Council, said, “We are delighted to be taking part in this event dedicated to the sustainable development goals, which offers opportunities to explore international best practices, exchange ideas, and build robust networks to empower the youth as they join the sustainable development efforts spanning all sectors in the UAE, the region and the world.”
She added that the UAE leadership prioritises investment in human resources, particularly the youth. Federal and Local government bodies have been instructed to set plans and strategies to empower the youth and prepare a generation of highly qualified professionals to carry on with the sustainable development efforts taking place across the country. This reflects the UAE’s leaders’ faith in the youth, who they consider the engine and driving force behind sustainable development.
SDGs in Action 2018 is an international event that seeks to discuss pragmatic solution to achieve sustainable development, raise awareness around them among all segments of society, discuss national and international best practices in this field, open channels for effective communication between all parties involved, and extend bridges of cooperation to achieve these goals on a global scale.