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:
07 December 2022
United Nations Day 2022 - Youth Driving Ambition for Climate Action
At the center of Climate Action, Youth are Agents of Change. The past decades have seen a proliferation of climate- and environment-related events and disasters that have had an adverse effect on people and the planet. The increased intensity of these occurrences has been felt across all continents in one form or another. Whether it is the current drought in the Horn of Africa, Madagascar and parts of the Middle East, flooding in Asia, wildfires, and extreme temperatures in GCC, Europe, Pakistan, India, Australia, and the Americas. Today, the global population of young people aged 15 to 24 years stands at 1.2 billion and is expected to grow by 7 per cent by 2030. This puts this population at the center of all efforts aimed at reducing the adverse impacts of climate change, since science predicts the same will be the generations that will face the peak of climate impacts even with a successful temperature cap at 1.5°C. This makes youth-particularly women and girls one of the most significant non-state actors in the region in terms of numbers: prioritizing their intrinsic abilities, creativity, skills, and talents to drive climate action while unlocking opportunities for them. Here in Kuwait country Officer, we witnessed this firsthand. In 2021, around the same time of the year, the UN in Kuwait identified inspiring youth initiatives, projects, and activities with great impact. The UN Day Celebrations was an opportunity to highlight, reveal and recognize youth efforts, community led initiatives, achievements, and innovative solutions driving ambitious engagements towards climate change and climate policy planning, design, implementation and evaluation at multilateral, national and local level with an enabling environment, at all levels including people with disabilities and with the contribution of the International Community. UN DAY 2021 Reporting 2022, through key forums such as the UN Day celebrations, the UN and partners shall offer youth with opportunities to provide concrete contributions, voices and recommendations that need to be translated into actions at national level. While also highlighting disaster risk reduction within climate change adaptation, community-based models, consultations, focus groups and the need for communication and raising awareness. Kuwait is currently confronted with a series of climate challenges – the country is known for its harsh climate, hot weather, and 5 frequent sandstorms, all of which pose serious health threats to its citizens and are further associated with unfavorable dynamics in socioeconomic activities. Youth Driving Ambition 4 Climate and Projecting Progress represents an opportunity for the United Nations and other vital partners to continue the dialogue with the people of Kuwait with a vast platform for impactful messaging and lasting engagement. Together we will mobilize collective resources to harness, confront global climate emergency.
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30 March 2023
International Women's Day - Women Economic Empowerment in Kuwait
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, the Supreme Council for Planning and Development and the Women’s Research and Studies Center/Kuwait University, in partnerships with the UN in Kuwait, UNDP and UN Women, will be holding a discussion panel to highlight the importance of Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) in contributing to the achievement of sustainable development, to discuss the role of Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as a set of principles offering guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community, and to share and promote achievements and initiatives undertaken by the private sector as well as UNDP and UN Women in promoting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular economic empowerment of women in their workplaces and communities. Optimizing women’s perspectives, skills and innovative ideas – whether in the markets or workplaces – is key to business development and inclusive development. “A new approach to financing where public and private sector investments are tailored to women’s and girls’ needs, can transform the technology and innovation ecosystem,” said Susanne Mikhail, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States. “If we apply strategic financial levers such as public sector digital programmes, research grants and procurement, and private sector investments, we can transform innovation ecosystems. Public and private sectors must fund gender analysis and interventions in all digital policies and programmes, research grants and procurement,” she added. “UN Women has prioritized innovation and technology as one of the drivers of change to achieve gender equality and the SDG.
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07 September 2022
ONE UN REPORT 2021
FOREWORD BY RESIDENT COORDINATOR On behalf of the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs), I am pleased to present the 2021 UN Report, which provides an outline of the UN’s commitment in the State of Kuwait, ensuring that No One is Left Behind while facing the global crisis. In effect, the UNCTs in Kuwait made noticeable progress on the Risk mitigation & Recovery Plan under COVID-19 (RMRP), a joint UNCT workplan to support Kuwaiti Stakeholders respond to socio-economic consequences of COVID-19. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Government of Kuwait for its continued commitment to continue offering solutions to stay on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. We thank our host government for their trust and partnership translated through a unique and strategic collaboration, notably on Humanitarian Development, Socio-economic Development and Peace and Security, as articulated in this report. With such Cooperation, the UN complemented the Government of Kuwait response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 by addressing the health and primary and secondary effects. The Government of Kuwait showcased great cooperation and support to implement flagship joint initiatives which are grounded in the critical elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2021, the UN and the Government of Kuwait continued to jointly review and finalize the Strategic Cooperation Framework (SCF) 2022-2025 and agreed on the way forward which awaits the final endorsement of the concerned authority for initiating implementation. I acknowledge the invaluable support of our development and humanitarian partners for the great collaboration in coordinating the response plan, notably including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Authority for Manpower, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, private sector and the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local and international communities among others. All our partners are shareholder in successful implementation of our planned outputs. Complementing the Government’s efforts, the One UN’s multi-sectoral response was driven from the Cooperation Framework Priorities and guided by the RMRP, which included health, protection, recovery, education, youth and women empowerment, climate action, advocacy and communications, and community engagement, countering hate speech and misinformation, all underpinned by multilateral cooperation. Proudly, I am happy to highlight that the UNCTs and the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) were in support of the government counterpart and partners at large, on containment and mitigation of the impact of the pandemic and beyond. By the end of 2021, the country achieved 80% immunity rate. The UN technical and administrative support for Kuwait’s timely and well structured submission of its National Vaccination Deployment Plan, was crucial. In 2022, the UNCTs will continue to support the Government and development partners, and will remain focused on the needs of women, children, youth, climate change and the most vulnerable, strengthening the health and education systems, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), enhancing social protection frameworks, and supporting socioeconomic development. Furthermore, the UNCTs will continue emphasizing the importance to address Education and Human capital, youth engagement in climate action, anti-corruption, promoting women in political and economic leadership, addressing socioeconomic challenges, human rights, and ensuring international positioning while continuing to cast the spotlight on efforts addressing gender-based violence, hate speech and misinformation and revealing the human face of Kuwait centered on its own pride as the Humanitarian and Development Center
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