ABU DHABI, 30th April, 2015 (WAM) — Maryam Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Director-General of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and Dr. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra, President of the World Family Organisation, WFO, have discussed ways to develop and enable the family in order to play its role as one of the community active participants in achieving sustainable development within the post-2015 Development Agenda, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs. Lara Hussein, Vice-President for Family Policy Coordination, WFO, attended the meeting.
The new post-2015 development agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals’ eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. Enormous progress has been made towards those goals, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Yet despite this progress, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.
The members of the United Nations are now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, as part of the new agenda that must finish the job of the MDGs and leave no one behind.
The meeting, which came within the framework of FDF-WFP’s joint cooperation to aance family development, reviewed the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek, among others, to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, achieve gender equality, empower all women and girls, promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and provide access to justice for all.
Additionally, the two parties discussed achievements made by the UAE, in general, and the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular, in the delivery of the MDGs, due to the fact that the UAE is considered one of the active countries in the development of the family within its commitment and responsibility towards the WFO.
Dr. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra recognised the need for rallying efforts of all stakeholders to energise the family as an active partner of government related entities in development, so as to achieve the new post-2015 development agenda. This, she stressed, would only be possible through extending support for the family to assume its social and developmental roles, and build its capacities so as to unleash its potential energies.
Dr. Kusztra noted the significant progress the UAE has realised in areas of human and family development, praised the vital role of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in the development of the family. She also highlighted the Mother of the Nation’s special attention to the challenges facing the family and her efforts to achieve the family’s welfare and cohesion.
Maryam Mohammed Al Rumaithi said that the wise and visionary leadership in Abu Dhabi had already incorporated the sustainable development goals in its post-2015 plans, and this would mobilise efforts of all stakeholders towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
She noted the the UAE, in general, and Abu Dhabi in particular, had reached most of the post-2015 proposed Sustainable Development Goals and had taken important pioneering strides in that respect, which enabled the UAE to occupy high rankings in development goals as per the international reports.
She added the post-2015 FDF strategy would focus on empowering the family and leverage its role as an active partner in the quest towards Sustainable Development Goals in consistence with the strategic vision and aspirations of the Government of Abu Dhabi.