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ESCWA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 20/15 April 2021

Research and analysis Open Government: Citizen Engagement Toolkit (Report) Between Now and 2030: A statistical overview of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab region (Report) News and press releases Case study on Lebanon’s policy regulatory reforms and financial and legal frameworks needed to promote small-scale renewable energy technologies and applications in rural areas (Event- […]

Achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030

On 7 April, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti participated in a high-level dialogue organized by “Sustainable Energy for All”, an international organization that works with the UN, leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further and faster action worldwide towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 on affordable and clean energy. During the dialogue, […]

Workshop on cybersecurity in the Sudan

The development of a cybersecurity plan is crucial for benefiting from digital applications and reaping their benefits for socioeconomic development. Updating, completing and enacting the appropriate legal framework for cybersecurity are also key to protecting individuals and institutions. On 4 April, ESCWA participated in a virtual meeting on cybersecurity in the Sudan, organized by the National […]

Workshop on knowledge-based economy

The transition to a knowledge-based economy (KBE) is considered a decisive issue in all countries in general, and in countries affected by conflict in particular, because it allows them to accelerate recovery and move towards economic growth. On 5 April, ESCWA, in partnership with the Higher Commission for Scientific Research in Syria, organized a virtual workshop on […]

Role of competition policy in supporting economic recovery

On 8 April, ESCWA, UNCTAD and the Egyptian Competition Authority organized a regional policy dialogue on “The role of competition policy in supporting the economic recovery of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) post-COVID-19”. In his statement, Deputy Executive Secretary Mounir Tabet highlighted the commitment of ESCWA to supporting MSMEs in overcoming competition-related challenges in Arab countries. He called […]

Youth and positive change in societies

Young people’s contribution to positive change is undeniable and crucial, especially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for it to be effective, the adequate space should be created and youth representation should be insured throughout development processes. On 8 April, ESCWA, UN Volunteers, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States, the UNFPA Arab […]

First ESCWA-LAS Joint workshop on developing an Arab digital agenda

The first ESCWA-LAS joint workshop on developing an Arab digital agenda/ICT strategy (ADAICTS) was held on 23 and 24 March. The workshop kicked off a process aimed at shaping and formulating the ADAICTS as a joint regional public good, under the umbrella of LAS and the leadership of ESCWA. In 2020, ESCWA had launched a project […]

ESCWA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 19/1 April 2021

Research and analysis Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment within National Institutions: Technical Notes (Second Edition) (Report) Towards More Gender Inclusive National Institutions: Concepts and Guidelines (Report) Open Government Open Data Toolkit (Report) News and press releases The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (Event – 29-31 March) First Regional Collaborative Platform meeting to […]

Supporting institutions in tackling weakness and fragility

Given the central role played by public institutions at all stages of the national development process, and in line with Goal 16 of the SDGs and its target on developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels, ESCWA released a new paper on “Supporting institutions in tackling weakness and fragility: methodology for institutional capacity assessment.” The […]

Voluntary national reviews in the Arab region

The mechanism of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) is key for enabling countries to track their progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To support this mechanism in the Arab region, ESCWA held a dedicated virtual workshop on 9 and 10 March. Participants discussed the experiences of Egypt, Iraq, Qatar and Tunisia, […]

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