Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation has launched a series of national consultation meetings that started on Wednesday and tackles the new strategic partnership framework between the Egyptian government and the United Nations over a period of five years (2023-2027).
More than 50 representatives from 30 government agencies as well as 28 UN agencies participated in the meetings with the aim of constructing a participatory dialogue to underspin stakeholders’ priorities for cooperation in the upcoming five years.
The meetings will also discuss how national priorities can be consolidated through future projects with the UN.
As the national coordinator of the partnership framework, Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation leads in coordinating with the UN and monitoring the implementation of the strategic framework at the national level.
The organisational structure of the ongoing strategic framework (2018-2022) consists of a steering committee chaired by Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, in partnership with the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova, along with other government agencies representing relevant national authorities.
“The strategic framework of the partnership with the UN mirrors national priorities towards achieving Egypt’s Vision 2030, in line with the SDGs as well as the Egyptian government's program ‘Egypt Kicks Off,’ which represents a blueprint for the partnership’s new strategic framework. The new framework aims to achieve sustainable development in light of what has been achieved through the current strategic framework (2018-2022),” said Al-Mashat.
During the week, the Ministry of International Cooperation and the UN held three sessions to go over the progress made towards achieving and accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Moreover, a national consultative meeting was held to discuss cooperation priorities with the UN that are consistent with the national goals and future plans.
For her part, the UN’s Panova said that the UN is working side by side with the government of Egypt to fulfil the 2030 Agenda’s core objective, which is ‘Leave no one behind’; through a coherent and comprehensive partnership strategy guided by the SDGs.
Panova stressed that joint action is the key factor in achieving the tangible results affecting more than 100 million citizens in Egypt.
Egypt was one of the 50 founding countries of the UN in 1945, and has a long-standing history of mutual relations with the United Nations and its programs, affiliated agencies, and funds.