The annual report of 2018 for the Arab Region that has been released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia’s (ESCWA). This report is going to help in measuring progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which in turn will help the region build entrepreneurial societies.
Currently, the Arab region is seeing itself handling multiple challenges. It is grappling with poverty and climate change, with issues about food security, social justice, regional integration, and sustainable development.
The report explains how SDG goals achievement would require integrated solutions to tackle all the above challenges, the main being climate change. While the Arab region does not account of large carbon dioxide emissions, it is most prone to climate change. From the energy perspective, it has huge reserves and production, but efficiency and utilization remain a question mark.
But even before all this can be done, political analysts are of the opinion, that first, the region must see peace building efforts to start off. They suggest that the next action should end all political and military distortions in the region — in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Arab Gulf waters. The Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, bear the major burden and responsibility to lead the region to a more stable and secure atmosphere. Unless there is proper governance, the grappling issues of managing daily life is going to be a huge challenge to meet and no amount of funding will be able to let the common man, lead a healthy, secure life.