RIYADH: According to the Saudi Press Agency, representatives from the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen are currently in Doha, Qatar, for the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries.


General Supervisor Mohammed Al-Jaber was there to represent the program as part of the Kingdom’s delegation led by Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal Al-Ibrahim.

Through an action plan for the next decade, the conference, which runs until March 9th, hopes to speed up sustainable development in countries in need of aid.

Assistant General Supervisor Hassan Al-Attas represented SDRPY at two panels hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

Both panels reviewed the Kingdom’s experience with the SDRPY as a development model that effectively contributed to improving the infrastructure of basic Yemeni sectors, and discussed ways to aid the least developed countries, including Yemen, in order to accomplish the goals of the Doha Work Program.

In addition to participating in high-level thematic round tables, SDRPY delegates attended a session in which they highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to promote sustainable development in Yemen.

Environmental issues, such as climate change, were also discussed, as was the importance of supporting structural transformation as a driver of prosperity. The roundtable brought together representatives from various international organizations.

Sustainable tourism, renewable energy, digital communication, and rural and agricultural development were all the focus of separate panels.

Meanwhile, Al-Ibrahim met with several high-ranking officials outside the UN conference to talk about progress on the sustainable development goals and other topics of mutual interest.

Meeting with Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, the secretary-general of the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States, he discussed ways to strengthen ties between his country and OAPCS.

President of the Economic and Social Council and Bulgaria’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Lachezara Stoeva, met with Al-Ibrahim as well.

Undersecretary-General Rabab Fatima also participated in the meetings as the high representative for the least-developed, landlocked, and small island developing states.