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As Arab countries move forward with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is time for us to acknowledge that we cannot go on as we have before.While there are many pressing issues to tackle especially given recent diplomatic escalations that fuel economic and social instability, AFSD 2018 opted to bring the links between natural resources and the common good as central issues to intergenerational justice to the forefront of the deliberations.The AFSD is the regional platform to rally our governments, as well as non-governmental stakeholders, to this transformational shift in perspective and to the realization that so-called traditionally "environmental" issues are based on social, economic, political and cultural development challenges.I hope that the reflections brought to light through the discussions in the AFSD 2018 will serve as an entry point to rights-based development, social justice, inclusion, and the idea of the "common good," a concept which appears to have presently little currency in our region.
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