In view of the ongoing global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD-2020) has been postponed until further notice.
The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD) is the primary regional mechanism for the follow up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab region. Its findings and recommendations convey key messages from the region to the 2020 High-Level Political Forum.
The Political Declaration, which emanated from the SDG Summit (New York, 24-25 September 2019) called for (i) accelerated action to trigger a transformative shift towards sustainable and inclusive development and (ii) operationalizing old and new commitments to sustainable development.
Regionally, the situational analysis provided by the interagency Arab Sustainable Development Report 2019 (ASDR-2019) (forthcoming) sounds the alarm that the region is off track and far from achieving the SDGs. In addition to the exacerbating effects of conflict and occupation, the report identifies significant structural barriers to the achievement of the 17 SDGs in the Arab region. For each goal, the report identifies key recommendations for accelerated action.