His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, addressing the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday called on the world to explore innovative means to implement sustainable development beyond 2015 in order to end poverty by 2030.
With achieving sustainable development a global responsibility, His Highness said the world should engage in a collective work and active partnership while taking into consideration burden-sharing in order to achieve sustainable development.
He added the targeted sustainable development was facing big challenges “due to the patterns of conduct of man throughout the ages, in addition to impact of natural disasters and the rise in earth’s temperature thus increasing our responsibilities.” Leaders taking part in the summit had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aimed at primarily eradicating poverty by the year 2030 and pushing forward development worldwide.
His Highness the Amir highlighted Kuwait’s contributions to helping developing countries worldwide, calling upon developed countries to honor their commitment and contribute 0.7 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to enable sustainable funding for developing countries.
Kuwait, he added, has been living up to its regional and international responsibilities towards achieving sustainable development and addressing related problems.
“My country has hosted a number of high level meetings — economic, development and humanitarian — and launched many initiatives to boost partnership in development and humanitarian fields, and continue to make sure they are implemented,” said His Highness the Amir.
Kuwait, added His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, did not spare any effort to provide aid to developing countries and least-developed nations through its institutions, foremost Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), which provided grants and soft loans to carry out infrastructure projects in the developing countries.
“My country has continued during the past few years to provide development assistance that amounted to 2.1 percent of its GDP, which is more than double the percentage agreed-upon internationally,” he said.
“We are proud that Kuwait, even though it is a developing country itself, has been ranked in first place in providing humanitarian assistance in 2014 according to the global humanitarian assistance report,” he noted.
Kuwait’s total assistance in 2014 amounted to 0.24 percent of the country’s Gross National Product (GNP), the highest among all donor countries in the world,” said His Highness the Amir.
His Highness the Amir added that Kuwait was proud of the UN achievements over the past decades, through which it enhanced international cooperation against challenges and crises.
He said the SDGs’ three dimensions — economic, social and environmental — represented a starting point to support global development.
“Our success in achieving sustainable development reflects our responsibilities towards the world,” concluded His Highness the Amir.