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UNFPA GCC participates in the 2nd UNSPF Workshop in Kuwait and holds ICPD @25 consultation with the Kuwaiti national stakeholders

3 February 2019

To support the Kuwaiti government in its efforts to achieve the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) related indicators and Cairo Declaration commitments, UNFPA GCC, represented by Mr. Asr Toson, UNFPA GCC representative, Ms. Shaima Aly, programme & communication coordinator and Dr. Francoise Farah, the UNFPA Population Expert, held on 10th of October 2018 the ICPD @25 consultation with the national stakeholders in order to introduce the Kuwaiti government officials to the objectives of the Regional Conference on ICPD@25 held in Lebanon on 30 October-1 November, which marks the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking ICPD held in Cairo in 1994, and its Programme of Action (PoA) The presentation made by the UNPFA expert focused on the history of the ICPD, the Population dynamics and sustainable development; and demographic changes in the region, as well as  the population equality gaps, social inclusion and rights. He stated that the regional review and conference will serve to strengthen linkages between the ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, enhance integration of population dynamics into development planning and reaffirm commitment to implementing the ICPD PoA in the region.

 

Before that UNFPA GCC staff attended the second Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) Validation of priorities & reinvigorated delivery mechanisms for results on 7-9 October 2018. The workshop’s objective was to guide the undertaking of all UN agencies working in support of Kuwait to implement the development strategic priorities in consistency with the Kuwait National Development Plan, Kuwait Vision 2035 and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The workshop gathered several resident UN agencies representatives and staff in Kuwait, non-resident agencies staff, NGOs directors and government officials, and was led by Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi, the Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) of Kuwait and Dr. Tarek El-Sheikh UN resident coordinator in Kuwait . At the end of the workshops, the attendants were able to finalise outcomes, indicators, and targets for priority areas aligned with New Kuwait Vision 2035 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Identify and elaborate catalytic new services and products to respond to complex multi-sector challenges and priorities; and agree on efficient delivery mechanisms to achieve results.