(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Beirut, June 27 (Petra)-Jordan is taking part in the 30th ministerial session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), dubbed "Technology for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region, " which began its deliberations in Beirut today under the auspices of the Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
"Sustainable development seeks to save societies from their current problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease while providing a dignified life for future generations," Aoun told the participants of the ESCWA event.
"ESCWA's activity has been outstanding ever since it was established and started functioning in Beirut 44 years ago," Aoun pointed out, and highlighted ESCWA's key role to improve living conditions in Arab communities, a bid achieved through combatting impoverishment and poverty, and boosting education, healthcare, and gender equality with the preservation of the rights of future generations.
"We are proud to welcome the Ministerial Session back to Beirut this year, as the last one organized in Lebanon was in 2012," said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of ESCWA.
"Since the industrial revolutions, technology has acquired an important role in everyday life," Alhakim stressed. "New and emerging technologies are shaping the world as we know it today with leapfrog progress, which requires institutional frameworks and multi-stakeholder cooperation that can support these changes." The Ministerial Session is expected to feature three moderated roundtables to generate discussions with policymakers and civil society leaders. These will address integrating technology and innovation into national development planning; prerequisites for technological change to achieve inclusiveness while preserving natural resources; and policies and regulations governing frontier technologies in Arab countries to address national priorities such as youth unemployment, poverty alleviation and economic diversification.
One of the five UN regional commissions, ESCWA was created in order to fulfil the economic and social goals set out in the UN Charter by promoting cooperation and integration between countries in each region of the world.
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