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Meeting the target of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is an uphill challenge for most Arab countries.Individual countries have distinctive needs, priorities, and economic, political and social contexts that must be recognized when developing implementation plans.However, this has to consider and utilize the variety of natural and human resources in a vast region stretching over two continents.I will direct my third message toward partnerships for development.For my fourth message, I would like to call upon Arab governments to adopt a genuine cross-sectoral approach to sustainable development. In addition, there is a need to focus public attention on the SDGs to facilitate their implementation.To conclude, there is an urgent need to invest in people-centered development, which fosters integration of human rights, including the right to development, and the principles of genuine public participation, accountability, transparency and nondiscrimination, into the development agenda.
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