Annual SDG Review 2024: Skills development, innovation and the private sector in the Arab region-eng-cover

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL5.SDGS/2024/2

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Flagship publications

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Climate change, Gender equality, Inclusive development, Future of employment, Technology & innovation

Initiatives: Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal Data

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Keywords: Arab countries, Skills development, Case studies, Communication technology, Employment creation, Gender equality, Gender statistics, Information technology, Jordan, Labour market, Large enterprises, Lebanon, Migration, Primary education, Private enterprises, Private sector, Research and development, Saudi arabia, Secondary education, Skilled workers, Skills development, Small and medium enterprises, Surveys, Sustainable development, Technological innovations, United arab emirates, Vocational education, Government policy, Guidelines, Innovations, Tunisia

Annual SDG Review 2024: Skills development, innovation and the private sector in the Arab region

March 2024

The ESCWA Annual SDG Review 2024, the third in the series, explores skills development, innovation and the private sector in the Arab region. Building on available information and data, the report offers insights into regional trends and gaps, supported by examples and case studies from selected Arab countries. It also builds on the results of a survey on innovation and skills development in private enterprises in the Arab region, conducted by ESCWA in October 2023, as well as on a reading of sustainability reports from selected companies from the region.

The Review provides a snapshot of skills development and innovation landscapes in the Arab region, assesses what the private sector is doing in each of the two domains, analyses the challenges it faces, and provides guidance on actions needed to address current gaps.

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