Arab Conference on Role of Civil Society in Sustainable Development Kicks Off

Doha, April 20 – Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, the Arab conference on the Role of Civil Society in the sustainable development agenda 2030 got underway today at Qatar National Convention Center.

The conference is organized by Qatar Social Work Foundation (QSWF) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The two-day event gathers more than 200 participants representing local and international civil society organizations, in addition to representatives from the private sector and specialists in the development field.

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In her opening remarks, QSWF Chairman Munira bint Nasser Al Missned said that key pillars of the new sustainable development agenda focused on transferring the world into a world free of poverty and disease and at the same time capable of handling anything that can undermine the dignity of individuals.

The implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has seen little progress in the region and encountered many delays, QSWF Chairman said, adding that the ongoing demographic, political and economical events in the region will not only delay the development progress but will also affect the region as a whole.