May 3, 2017 to May 5, 2017

The Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development is an annual regional platform that brings together Arab countries Governments and sustainable development stakeholders to discuss progress and to share their experiences in the implementation of the SDGs in the Arab region. The membership to the Forum stems from the Doha Declaration on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This year the Forum was held from 3-5 May 2017, in Rabat, Morocco under the theme: “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Arab region”. The outcome of the forum is intended to enhance the voice of the Arab region at the High-level Forum on Sustainable Development.

Representatives from the Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities are attending the Forum, including Ibrahim Abdallah, Jahda Abou Khalil and Abdelmajid Makni.

On 4th of May Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah addressed the Regional Forum and reminded Member States that for persons with disabilities accessibility and discrimination are two main obstacles to participate in society on an equal basis with others. Mr. Abdallah appealed to the Arab States to consider these issues when drafting their national implementation plans of the SDGs. 

The Arab Sustainable Development Week, Cairo
The Arab Sustainable Development Week was held 14 - 17 May in Cairo. During the closing ceremony, IDA Member Arab Organisation for Persons with Disabilities recommended: "Adopt(ion) of measures and policies to ensure that persons with disabilities, including women, children, youth and the elderly, are protected from poverty and ensure that they have equal access to economic resources, basic services and new technology, and their right to the highest attainable standard of health, and available to persons with disabilities.".

AOPD also met with the General Secretary of the League of Arab State, Mr. Ahmed Abo Alghait, and the Director of Sustainable Development at the League of Arab States Ms Nada Elegazi.

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Panelists at the Arab Regional Forum in Rabat

Ibraham Abdallah of AOPD

Ibrahim Abdallah, Jahda Abou Khalil and the General Secretary of ESCWA Dr. khawla Matar

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