Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat ,UNDP’s Assistant-Secretary General, and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Khalida Bouzar and officials from both sides during the meeting which was held on Thursday 16 September, 2021.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch a series of discussions with Egypt to address the priorities of the next phase following the country's adoption of the UNDP’s 2022/2025 strategy in coordination with the Ministry of International Cooperation and government agencies.
The talks will be held through the UNDP office in Egypt, said Khalida Bouzar, the UNDP assistant secretary-general and director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States.
Bouzar made the announcement during a meeting on Thursday with Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat to discuss joint economic relations between Egypt and the UN and its affiliated organisations.
The meeting is part of the Ministry of International Cooperation’s endeavours to boost strategic relations between Egypt and its development partners.
Bouzar said the strategic plan is expected to focus on several areas, including gender equality, building resilient communities, governance, energy, environment, and climate change. This is in addition to putting private sector engagement at the forefront.
The UN official referred to the UNDP’s endeavours to enhance joint cooperation with Egypt to benefit from its expertise in the official development assistance-sustainable development goals (ODA-SDG) mapping, combating climate change, and ensuring the transfer of this knowledge and expertise to Africa.
Al-Mashat stated that the Ministry of International Cooperation has led national discussions to chart a roadmap for the 2023/2027 UN Partnership Development Framework for Egypt (UNPDF).
This took place with the participation of over 30 governmental entities and UN-affiliated organisations to identify the strategic framework of cooperation during the coming years according to national priorities, Al-Mashat noted.
Al-Mashat also addressed the ministry’s mapping of the ODA to the UN’s SDGs and its contribution in coordinating the efforts of development partners, as well as the role the map played in pushing forward the national efforts based on the global standards of the UN and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The Egyptian minister spoke about the profound cooperation between countries of the South and the role this cooperation plays in serving as a crucial factor of multilateralism to achieve sustainable development.
Al-Mashat referred to the importance of revitalising the Academy of South-South Cooperation.
The UNDP was established in 1965 by the General Assembly of the UN. It operates in 170 countries to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities, and achieve the UN 2030 SDGs.
The UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States oversees country programmes across 17 countries, including Egypt.