UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ISSUES ‘UN 2.0’ POLICY BRIEF: A VISION FOR A MODERNIZED UN SYSTEM

As we approach the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, it is evident that the world is off course in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To get back on track, everyone-including the United Nations system-needs to rethink, refocus, and recharge…


As we approach the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, it is evident that the world is off course in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To get back on track, everyone-including the United Nations system-needs to rethink, refocus, and recharge. In response, today, the Secretary-General issued his final Policy Brief on Our Common Agenda, titled ‘UN 2.0: Cutting-Edge Skills and Forward-Thinking Culture for UN System Impact.’ UN 2.0 represents a vision for a rejuvenated United Nations system, better equipped to support member states in the twenty-first century and turbocharge progress on the SDGs. At the core of UN 2.0 are stronger capabilities in five modern areas of expertise: a dynamic fusion of data, innovation, digital, behavioral science and strategic foresight, which we call our ‘quintet of change.’ To foster environments where these cutting-edge skills thrive, the UN 2.0 will be rooted in a shift towards organizational cultures that put a priority on agility, learning, and creativity. UN Secretar
y-General Antonio Guterres remarked, ‘As a result, UN 2.0 unlocks novel, impactful approaches and solutions for SDGprogress, at a time when it is needed the most.’ A snapshot of the ongoing UN system progress and solutions isavailable on the new www.un-two-zero.network platform. The site showcases over 500 initiatives from 160 UN Country Teams who utilize the ‘quintet of change’ in their work with member states for SDG impact. These initiatives highlight the immense potential of twenty-first-century expertise for addressing challenges in climate, education, agriculture, gender equality, and beyond. The UN 2.0 agenda will engage the entire UN system. Every UN entity, team, and colleague will contribute to this transformative organizational shift in learning, job profiles, partnerships, knowledge sharing, technology, as well as programme solutions for member states. While each UN entity will navigate the transformation at its own pace, a joint accelerator program will champion UN 2.0’s progression throughout th
e United Nations system starting in 2024. For a comprehensive understanding of our forward-looking vision, goals, and transformative strategies, we strongly encourage all stakeholders to delve into the full policy brief: https://www.un.org/en/common-agenda/policy-briefs.



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HAMAS SLAMS ATTACK ON LEBANESE ARMY OUTPOSTS AS ‘SUSPICIOUS ACT’

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Lebanon condemned, in a statement on Monday, the attacks on two Lebanese army outposts in the vicinity of Ain-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida and the injury of five soldiers. According to Hamas, …


The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Lebanon condemned, in a statement on Monday, the attacks on two Lebanese army outposts in the vicinity of Ain-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida and the injury of five soldiers. According to Hamas, this attack is “a suspicious act aiming to tamper with the army and Lebanon’s sovereignty, as well as to shuffle the cards and steer the (direction of) events in the camp towards a dangerous place.” The Movement wished speedy recovery of the injured soldiers, hailing the Lebanese army’s professionalism, patience, and keenness on the Palestinian people



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MIKATI HOLDS CONSULTATIVE MEETING INSTEAD OF CABINET SESSION DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM

The lack of quorum has prompted Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to replace a session for the cabinet that was scheduled for today with a consultative meeting for the attending ministers and security chiefs at his office in the Grand Serail.


The lack of quorum has prompted Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to replace a session for the cabinet that was scheduled for today with a consultative meeting for the attending ministers and security chiefs at his office in the Grand Serail.



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The State of Qatar participated in the 4th meeting of Their Excellences, Directors of Public Security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held on Monday at the headquarters of the General-Secretariat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

HE Director of Public Security Maj. Gen. Abdullah Mohammed Al Suwaidi led the State of Qatar’s delegation to the meeting.

The meeting discussed an array of topics on its agenda that would bolster facets of cooperation and joint security action in GC…


HE Director of Public Security Maj. Gen. Abdullah Mohammed Al Suwaidi led the State of Qatar’s delegation to the meeting.



The meeting discussed an array of topics on its agenda that would bolster facets of cooperation and joint security action in GCC states.



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39th Executive Committee of Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments Meets in Doha

The executive committee of the Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments held its 39th meeting in Doha this evening, headed by HE Shura Council Secretary General, President of the Association Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadala.

The meeting …


The executive committee of the Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments held its 39th meeting in Doha this evening, headed by HE Shura Council Secretary General, President of the Association Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadala.



The meeting discussed holding a supplementary vote for the executive committee, after a member position became vacant. The committee also discussed amending the Association’s internal regulations and articles of association, as well as the competency guidelines of Arab parliaments’ Secretaries-General, to be presented to the general assembly meeting on Tuesday. Furthermore, the executive committee discussed changing the Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments’ logo, in addition to other items on the agenda.



The executive committee meeting was namely attended by: HE Vice President of the Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments Ahmed Manna, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Safwan Bashir, and Secretary-General of the Federal Parliament of Somalia Abdirahman Mohamed.



The executive committee’s meeting will be followed by the 10th conference of the Association of Secretaries-General of Arab Parliaments, which will begin tomorrow.



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Shura Council Participates in International Parliamentary Meeting Held in Vietnam

The Shura Council is participating in a parliamentary meeting on science for peace that began today in the province of Quy Nhon, Vietnam, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union under the theme “Water security and insecurity: Rebuilding peaceful co…


The Shura Council is participating in a parliamentary meeting on science for peace that began today in the province of Quy Nhon, Vietnam, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union under the theme “Water security and insecurity: Rebuilding peaceful coexistence with science.” The Council is represented at the meeting, which lasts three days, by HE member of the Shura Council Mohammed bin Mahdi Al Ahbabi, who is the chairman of the Permanent Committee for International Peace and Security at the Inter-Parliamentary Union.



The meeting discusses several topics related to what science and technology can offer to contribute to politics and peaceful coexistence, through the application of international cooperation models.



The meeting also highlighted the importance of finding mechanisms that allow scientists from all backgrounds to cooperate with each other to achieve that goal.



Source: Qatar News Agency