Rabaa Hussein Makki, the Director of the United Nations Global Compact for Kuwait and Qatar, announced on Friday that the local network managers of the United Nations agreement held a 4-day meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York last week, which is the first of its kind this year.

The main objective of the meeting was to develop a strategic plan and provide a vision through which the impact can be deepened through the participation of the private sector in the ten principles of the global compact and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In a statement on the sidelines of her participation in the meeting, she added that the 2023 strategy advances an annual plan outlining the main priorities, activities, and goals of the United Nations Global Compact and associated financial resource allocations that will enable the United Nations Global Compact to achieve its ambitions for 2023.

Makki indicated that with the 2021-2023 strategy of the United Nations Global Compact entering its third year of implementation, there is an opportunity to assess the progress made, the results that have been achieved, and the challenges that are not overcome in promoting strategic ambition. The Kuwait and Qatar office has achieved good results despite the multiple and complex crises the world is witnessing. It has become necessary now more than ever to accelerate corporate sustainability measures towards achieving sustainable development goals, and the Kuwait and Qatar office has set its sights on these challenges while working on achieving the desired goals.

Makki added that during this time, the world of work underwent a fundamental change, and the initial development and implementation of the strategy took place virtually before the shift in late 2021 to mixed settings and the resumption of travel for work and personal meetings.

Maki also referred to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters in which he praised the United Nations Global Compact for strengthening the basic elements of the 2021-2023 strategy. As he pointed out the discussions between the two sides focused on combating corruption, which is an unacknowledged global challenge.

She stated that in his report, the Secretary-General emphasized the need for inclusive pluralism for all, with governments, the business sector, and civil society working together to reach effective solutions. She stressed that the United Nations Global Compact is committed to inspiring ambitious and principled leadership to seize opportunities, promote sustainable business models, and achieve sustainable development goals. Additionally, she added that the Secretary-General underscored the importance of this effort, as 2023 will mark a major assessment of progress and a review of the 2030 plan.

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