The Arab region is aiming to overcome the challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly to SDG 15, 'Life on land', and interlinked SDGs. The regional consultative meeting considers the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and seeks to accelerate progress on conserving biodiversity, mainstreaming nature-based solutions and combatting desertification for a more resilient Arab region.
The meeting is organized in partnership between Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) Technical Secretariat, ESCWA and the United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Office for West Asia, under the umbrella of the CAMRE process. It will result in an outcome document that includes key messages and recommendations on the different paths to accelerate implementation of SDG 15. The outcome document will be submitted to the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development 2022 (15-17 March) and will inform the regional input to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2022 (5-15 July). The outcome document will also be presented at the upcoming session of the CAMRE in 2022.
The meeting gathers government experts from the Arab countries, practitioners and advocates of the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, as well as concerned regional organizations. Other regional stakeholders and experts and members of the League of Arab States' "Arab Working Group on the implementation of biodiversity and desertification related Multilateral Environmental Agreements" are also invited.