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Arab Sustainable Development Report First Edition, 2015

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In September 2015, Governments worldwide adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 wide-ranging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using the SDGs as a thematic reference, the report examines progress on securing human dignity and well-being in the Arab countries and what is needed to achieve sustainable development in this region in turmoil. It also looks at the complex factors shaping the region: the occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands; ongoing conflicts; governance, human rights and institutional deficits; and shortcomings in terms of financing, science and technology, trade and statistical capacity. The report stresses that urgent action is needed at the national and regional levels, and that integrated, long-term and evidence-based planning and investments that address the root causes of instability in the region are indispensable for achieving the SDGs.

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Alternative frameworks considered

Analysis in the report, rather than simply addressing the 17 SDGs one by one, is framed in such a way as to group related issues together, thereby facilitating interpretation of results. The framework builds on the idea that sustainable development requires convergence between the three aspects of economic development, social equity and environmental protection (with governance often added as a fourth aspect).

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