Amman, The Higher Population Council (HPC) took part in a conference titled “Power, Borders and Ecologies in Arab Societies: Practices and Imaginaries,” held in Beirut from 12-14 of April.
The forum, organized by the Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS), centered around three topics: power and policies that shape Arab societies, borders, migrations and displacement, and ecologies, societies and violence.
“The 2030 sustainable development plan includes a transformative vision that aims to achieve balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the plan and the realization of human rights,” said Abla Amawi, Secretary-General of the HPC.
Health is both a prerequisite and result of achieving sustainable development goals, she added, pointing out the need to formulate new indicators to monitor progress on areas of health, eradicating poverty and accountability for development policies.
She said health can be measured through economic, social and environmental conditions, as health has been linked to poverty, gender equality, education and growth among other areas.
One of the most difficult challenges facing sustainable development include the public’s belief that they are mere ambitions not a binding treaty, Amawi stated, noting that it has a large and diverse agenda which makes it difficult to measure.
Furthermore, there is a need to integrate strategies and methodologies to implement these goals to affirm their interdependency, she added, noting the importance of boosting efforts exerted in all sectors as a requirement for success.
Noteworthy, the ACSS is a regional, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening social science research and knowledge production in the Arab world.
By supporting researchers and academic/research institutions, the ACSS aims to contribute to the creation, dissemination, validation and utilization of social science research and to enrich public debate about the challenges facing Arab societies.
Source: Jordan News Agency