The Arab League (AL) launched Thursday a new dialogue initiative on policies in cooperation with the Japanese government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The dialogue aims to reinforce cooperation among member states and expedite accomplishment of sustainable development in countries torn by conflicts or those recovering from crises.
The Arab League’s General Secretariat affirmed in a statement that the initiative comes at a time the Arab region faces many challenges that affect the exerted efforts to achieve peace and meet the economic and social goals and aspirations of people.
The initiative focuses on a series of high-ranking roundtable meetings among officials from the League, Japan, the UNDP in addition to other UN agencies to set certain priorities that can be implemented, the statement added.
AL’s Assistant Secretary-General, Houssam Zaki, stated that the organization appreciates the longstanding partnership with Japan and the UNDP.
Zaki expressed the League’s pleasure in being part of the dialogue that seeks to foster peace, stability and security, encourages capacity-building and contributes to achieving the sustainable development goals in the Arab region.
The Arab official added that the first roundtable discussions are seen as a key platform for AL, Japan, and the UNDP to bolster cooperation for the sake of enhancing education.
Further, Japanese Ambassador to Cairo Masaaki Nuki expressed delight for launching the platform as a significant contributor to building peace and stability so that the region could flourish.