On Tuesday, the United Nations Development Programme’s Administrator Achim Steiner expressed the UNDP’s pride to have collaborated with Egypt in issuing the annual HDR since 1994.
In a recorded speech played during the launching ceremony for the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) report on human development in Egypt for 2021, Steiner said: "Egypt was at the forefront of countries that developed a long-term strategic plan to achieve UN's Sustainable Development 2030 based on national priorities and principles to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development."
On this basis, the UN will also help increase investments to achieve SDGs and sustainable development strategy goals under Egypt Vision 2030, Steiner revealed.
The high-ranked official emphasized that due to the COVID-19, global human development is currently going backwards for the first time since 1990.
“Like the rest of the world, Egypt has been impacted by this awful pandemic, but it has managed to maintain positive economic growth due to the implementation of bold economic reforms,” Steiner said.
In the same context, he revealed that Egypt is also responding proactively to the climate and environment crisis, Steiner said, citing Egypt’s establishment of a national council for climate change in 2019 to drive forward climate action.
“The UNDP is glad to support these significant efforts, including the new national strategy on climate change,” Steiner added.