UN organises SDG workshop at International Government Communication ForumMar 23, 2017
As part of the 6th edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2017), the United Nations organised a workshop for government communication practitioners on understanding and spreading the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are a seventeen-part plan to create a better world through managing economic growth, promoting socially-minded development and strengthening environmental protection.
In his opening speech, UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative, Frode Mauring emphasized how similar the SDGs’ ideals are to the United Arab Emirates’ own national agenda, which he noted was formed long before the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
“This country’s Vision 2021 calls for a sustainable society built by a resilient union,” he said. “This echoes the reasoning behind Agenda 2030. The SDGs were developed on the basis of a shared destiny of an interconnected world.”
For any country to achieve a sustainable future, dialogue amongst and between the private and public sectors is imperative, he added.
The UAE itself hosts fourteen UN agencies, funds and programmes. Each works alongside members of the government and populace to fulfil the SDGs in the GCC.
The workshop, led by Thomas Reuters media consultant Naglaa El-Emary, provided attendees with tools for discussing how to best implement the SDGs across all sectors.
Government officials at the session also discussed the potential of new media in promoting SDG awareness to wider audiences across multiple platforms.
The IGCF invites local, regional and global media experts and government officials to gather annually in the emirate of Sharjah. It commenced on March 22, concluding one day later on the 23rd.
Danna Abrahim and Laila Abo El-Enein