UNDP and SAMENA Join Forces for Digital Transformation and Sustainable Development in Arab States

UNDP and SAMENA collaborate to utilize digital tech for Arab region’s sustainable development goals, fostering innovation.

The nexus between digital transformation and the Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs) is crucial for the Arab States region. Effective collaboration between governments, private  sector, and international organizations is vital for advancing sustainable development initiatives. In this context,  the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and SAMENA Telecommunications Council announced  the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on advancing Digital for Sustainable  Development (D4SD) initiative in the Arab region. The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Arab States  Digital Day, a momentous event taking place at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona and marking a  significant milestone in fostering digital innovation for sustainable development. 

The partnership between UNDP and SAMENA Telecommunications Council under the D4SD initiative aims to  leverage digital technologies to address key sustainable development challenges in the Arab region. Through  this collaboration, both organizations are committed to working towards promoting digital inclusion, advocating  for sustainable development goals, and enhancing connectivity and digitalization initiatives in the region. 

The Parties have identified several areas of cooperation under the D4SD initiative including collaboration on leveraging digital technologies to improve access to education, healthcare, essential services, and foster digital  innovation in the Arab region. The MoU also aims to work towards ensuring accessibility of digital technologies  to all, especially underserved communities, through initiatives focusing on digital literacy and connectivity  enhancement. 

Both organizations aim to jointly advocate for the promotion of the SDGs, with a focus on green ICT  development, reduction of carbon emissions, and engagement with governments, businesses, civil society,  and other stakeholders. 

The MoU also includes knowledge sharing and capacity building activities and connectivity and digitalization  initiatives. 

This collaboration represents a significant step  towards harnessing the power of digital technologies to accelerate progress towards sustainable development in the Arab region. By joining forces with SAMENA Telecommunications Council, we can drive meaningful  change and foster innovation that leaves no one behind.

Ms. Marina Walter, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, UNDP

Digital  inclusion can be strongly accelerated by engaging multiple stakeholders and building capacity to adopt and aid  new collaborative approaches across multiple areas of digital-development endeavor. This collaboration  between SAMENA Council and UNDP can help create such approaches and new outcomes, in support of the  region’s digitalization needs going forward.

Mr. Bocar BA, CEO & Board Member, SAMENA Council

The signing of the MoU between UNDP and SAMENA Telecommunications Council marks the beginning of a  promising partnership that seeks to leverage digital technologies for the benefit of the Arab region, paving the  way for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

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