Meeting of the GIFT-MENA Network in Marrakech

Place : 
Marrakech, Morocco
Date : 
Friday, June 22, 2018

On the occasion of the UN Public Service Day held on June 21-23, 2018, in Marrakech,

the GIFT-MENA Network organized a side meeting on the "Role of training institutes in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" on June 21, 2018.

GIFT-MENA members and partners discussed the importance and challenges related to the integration of the SDGs in the region, and in particular in contexts of political, economic and security fragility. The meeting started with a roundtable of short presentations on the initiatives currently conducted by institutional members. An exchange on the capacity development approaches and learning strategies that could be the most relevant to the MENA region took place in order to successfully integrate the SDGs in their programs.

Recommendations and follow-up actions stressed on:

• Institutional follow-up to integrate sustainable development into learning approaches and strategies and capacity development;
• Sharing experiences with institutions that have begun to incorporate sustainable development goals into their plans, including institutions at the local level;
• Develop a training curriculum, in Arabic, on the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030;
• Enhancing Arab-Arab cooperation and networking with international institutions and centers of excellence to share experiences;
• Strengthen partnerships among institutions in the region to advance the adoption of the 2030 Agenda;
• Developing a roadmap to support institutions wishing to incorporate SDGs into their work and practices, in cooperation with the UN-ESCWA;
• Forming a specialized team to develop the road map;
• Forming a network of experts and practitioners to support the implementation of the components of the 2030 Agenda at the regional level;
• Launching the new training curriculum in one or two Arab pilot countries;
• Organize a follow-up meeting of the GIFT-MENA network in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2018, at the invitation of the Arab Planning Institute;

For more information on the UN Public Service Day: 


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