GCC states express commitment to environmental, human development

February 06, 2014 - 2:15:26 pm

NEW YORK: On behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait stressed the member states' interest in the environmental, social and economic dimensions on sustainable development and their eagerness to sign and implement all relevant conventions.

This came in a speech Kuwaiti Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi , delivered at the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals here, in which he stated the GCC states' keenness on the issues of oceans, seas, forests and biodiversity as they signed several regional and international environmental conventions, according to (KUNA) news agency.

The GCC countries adopted the regional convention on the preservation of wildlife and natural habitats in the GCC region in order to find long-term solutions to a number of environmental problems, said the Ambassador.

With regard to the subject of promoting gender equality, including social justice and women's empowerment, Al-Otaibi said that although a progress has been made over the past two decades in order to achieve gender equality, it was "not enough" in some respects, particularly among the poor, stressing the need to ensure the advancement of women at all levels addressed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

He added that the GCC states are looking forward to benefit, through this session, from the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to call for further development through international partnerships, taking into account the special needs, circumstances, religions and cultures of other countries.

On conflict prevention and peace-building operations after conflicts, and the promotion of durable peace and governance, Ambassador Al-Otaibi said that the GCC stressed the importance of exerting international efforts aimed at achieving and sustaining peace among peoples and nations of the world, as well as enhancing dialogue and alliances of civilizations and cultures. (QNA)