The United Nations in the State of Kuwait

Kuwait has been a model for active partnerships with the United Nations for over 57 years, working to maintain peace, humanitarian support, and development. In a new era where also COVID-19 outbreak overwhelmed the entire world and abrupted the whole system of economy, trade and health and social affairs, the UN and Kuwait partnerships, the innovations, ideas, collaboration, and ownership of Kuwait models of response, evident in the framework will provide models to the world.

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Caption: The Government of the State of Kuwait and the United Nations are committed to working together with local communities, the private sector, academia, the civil society, through south-south cooperation and international partnerships.
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Kuwait is positioning itself globally and regionally as a key and equitable actor in political assistance, peacebuilding and development fields. Kuwait is also preparing the ground internally to transform the economy, society, business models, infrastructure and social services in a democratic manner, in partnership with the interests of people, prosperity and peace on the planet.

The United Nations is also changing at the request of Member States. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on 31 May 2018 to redesign the United Nations development system to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This requires a new approach to strategic partnership at the national level with government leaders and partnerships with stakeholders, through which the UN can work with all players to support national development aspirations and plans and contribute to the seven pillars of the New Kuwait Vision 2035, Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

The first Strategic Cooperation Framework (SCF) between the Government of the State of Kuwait and the United Nations 2020- 2025 in a new era of the reformed United Nations Development System is being finalized. The SCF is a result of extensive discussions with the Government of Kuwait, the private sector, civil society and academic institutions. It considered key issues (derived from the aspirations of Kuwait and Kuwaitis) and was based on future vision and theory of change analysis. The SCF with the Government of Kuwait aims to collaborate with Kuwaiti stakeholders to ensure that the priorities of Agenda 2030 are included in the objectives of the National Program for Development and the SDGs achieved through leaving no one behind and to ensure inclusion and equality in Kuwait's march towards fulfilling its following global and local promises.

Pillars of Vision 2035:

All outcomes and contributing outputs are achievable, relevant, and measurable. Together with effective mechanisms for joint steering, financing, results monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications, this SCF represents a mutual accountability framework between the Government and the UNCT.


The Sustainable Development Goals in Kuwait

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Kuwait: