Planning and discussing with youth groups the preparation of the second voluntary Iraq report for sustainable development 2021
The Ministry of Planning organized a workshop on national consultations with youth groups to prepare the second voluntary Iraq report for sustainable development for the year 2021 in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. In the presence of the Director General of the Department of Human Development in the Ministry, Dr. Maha Abdul-Karim, as well as the national expert, Dr. Adnan Yassin, and the Director General of the Coordination and Follow-up Department at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as representatives of Iraqi youth in the Arab Youth Council for Integrated Development, as well as a number of the Ministry’s employees Relationship .
Maha Abdul Karim, Director General of the Department of Human Development in the Ministry of Planning, said in a speech to her during the workshop: The interest in youth issues, their care, integration, empowerment, and giving them appropriate roles in leadership has become a great priority and a clear interest by all countries, especially after their inclusion and emphasis in the 2030 Agenda. This is what calls for governments to take serious steps to serve this category that represents the safety valve. She added that the road towards achieving the goals of sustainable development is still long in a country ravaged by crises, challenges and difficulties at various political, economic and social levels, but with determination and will, this will not be impossible. . She indicated that the second voluntary report seeks to monitor and follow up the problems that rise to the level of challenges for Iraq at the national and local levels, and to measure and mark their repercussions. Stressing that the Ministry, through the Department of Human Development, is keen to fulfill its tasks and obligations towards all groups of society in general and the youth group in particular. They are the builders of the future that we aspire to and they are the bearers of the banner of development and they are the nation's wealth and its leaders.
On her part, the representative of the United Nations Development Program, Dr. Sundus Abbas, said in a speech on the electronic platform: Young people are a positive force for development when the knowledge and opportunities they need for growth are provided, and youth can create a dynamic force for political change and social transformation when they are involved in decision-making processes. Indicating that the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Plan targets youth in a major way in its endeavor to eradicate poverty and create job opportunities, as it is not possible to talk about sustainable development without addressing the role of youth, especially since the first development priorities focus on the human being as a basic axis of development. She added that sustainable development must meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future, and it is the youth who will experience the success or failure of the 2030 plan, noting that the participation of young people today in national consultations can serve as a platform to identify new trends and challenges and address them in a way that addresses all dimensions of development in Iraq. .
The workshop witnessed several presentations on sustainable development partners and their role in the second voluntary report presented by the Director General of the Department of Human Development as well as the localization of sustainable development goals in the plan to the Ministry of Youth and Sports presented by Mr. Hassan Kazem from the Coordination Department at the Ministry of Youth. Representative of Iraqi youth in the Arab Youth Council, in addition to a presentation on youth presented by the Department of Human Development in the ministry. The workshop also witnessed a discussion session on the reality of youth in Iraq in light of the Corona pandemic.