Shoukry to Friends of Global Development Initiative: Multilateralism key to SDGs

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Sep 2023

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed on Tuesday that multilateralism and development cooperation are the keys to facing global economic crises and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sameh Shoukry at the GDI meeting
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his participation in the Friends of Global Development Initiative meeting on the sideline of the UNGA 78 in New York on Tuesday. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


Shoukry’s remarks came at the high-level meeting of the Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI) on Tuesday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry reported.

The meeting was held by China on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stressed that simultaneous crises in food security, energy, public debt, and human displacement, are significantly hindering efforts towards the SDGs.

The FM also noted that these challenges cannot be addressed individually, but require a global response based on multilateralism and cooperative development.

Shoukry commended the GDI for its key role in promoting international cooperation, particularly between developing countries, and supporting the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He hailed the successes of GDI projects, particularly in agriculture and e-commerce, for their benefits to the Global South.

Shoukry outlined Egypt's vision for developing countries to use agricultural development and trade to eradicate poverty and acquire the capabilities needed to achieve the SDGs.

The foreign minister also noted that Egypt has firmly supported the GDI since its launch in 2021.

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