The ESCWA Stories, third edition


Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Shared Economic Prosperity, Statistics, Information Society and Technology, 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination, Governance and Conflict Prevention

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda

Initiatives: The ESCWA Stories

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Sustainable development, Recycling, Social integration, Small-scale industry, Gender equality, Environmental impact assessment, Care of ageing persons, Water pollution, Drinking water, Water treatment, Water reuse, Food security, Right to food, Digital technology, Employment creation, Project preparation, Project implementation, Children's literature, Arab countries, Small and medium enterprises, Food waste

The ESCWA Stories, Volume 3

November 2023

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is launching a comic book, the “ESCWA Stories”, which narrates the adventures of 6 Arab youths united by their faith in a brighter tomorrow. The book raises awareness on the critical role that young people can play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in five stories which illustrate the characters’ endeavours to realize social justice and equality, combat poverty, protect the environment and contribute to the prosperity of their neighbourhood.

“Young people are our present and future; they are leaders and key partners in efforts to find solutions to daily struggles and achieve sustainable development,” ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti affirmed. “They must be fully involved at all stages of the development process and we should provide them with all the needed support, so that we can together chart a sustainable and steady path towards the future,” she added.

The events and characters of the comic book are inspired by the mission of ESCWA and its approach to dealing with the challenges of the Arab region. Its narrators are 9-year-old “Ward” and her grandfather, two generations bridging the past and future of a neighbourhood which represents the region.

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