UNDP draws on its global expertise and proven track record as UN’s largest development agency when meeting Kuwait’s need for technical assistance. In Kuwait, UNDP supports building multi-sectoral institutional capacities, developing and implementing national strategies, enhancing regulatory frameworks at par with international best practices, developing evidence-based policy making systems while integrating monitoring and evaluation techniques into development projects. UNDP extends its technical assistance to key national partners to optimize inclusive and sustainable growth and development towards Kuwait’s natural, social and economic resources. UNDP advises the government on the best development solutions for cost-effective utilization of potential opportunities while mitigating the effect of current or potential challenges.
Overall UNDP’s socio-economic and environmental technical assistance program offers support to Kuwait as it:
- Raises its global indicator rankings.
- Designs and implements long-term, innovative yet applicable socio-economic strategies.
- Enables the private sector to actively engage in constructing and maintaining a more nationally diversified economy.
- Manages its energy resources, and
- Develops and implements national strategies and legal frameworks to ensure Kuwait fulfils its international obligations.
Developing Prosperous and Sustainable New Kuwait 2035 for all
UNDP supports Socio-Economic national development Pillars by providing technical assistance to several government agencies to meet their respective development priorities. Current projects include developing and implementing a drugs prevention strategy, providing support to the development and alignment of social policies in the areas of health and youth, through the support of the Kuwait Public Policy Center (KPPC), the development of the country’s Human Development Flagship report for 2016 and other projects.
“So, No One is Left Behind”
In line with Kuwait’s long-term planning strategies, UNDP supports the Government of Kuwait enhance private sector’s engagement as a partner in development towards broader diversification of its national economy. A consolidated support programme has been put together for the development of a macroeconomic strategy and a transformational reform agenda to involve the private sector. Among its parameters, the programme aims to enhance institutional capacity for implementing sustainability reporting using GRI standards as well as an enhanced understanding of business and the SDG, locally and internationally.
“A Shared Responsibility’ – Long term Environment Planning
Environmentally, UNDP collaborates with national partners to address the country’s environmental agenda, enhance Kuwait’s utilization of its national resources and delivers its assurances on its compliance with relevant international conventions. And with the support of other UN agencies such as United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), UNDP assists Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority to ensure the country’s commitment to relevant international conventions. Furthermore, UNDP shares the government’s desire to integrate UN Agenda 2030’s cross-cutting environmental goals; mainly: Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land) – into Kuwait’s medium- and long-term national development plans.
For environment protection and sustainability, UNDP, with the technical expertise of UNEP, assists Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority (EPA) to ensure that the commitments of the State of Kuwait towards multilateral agreements are fulfilled. UNDP also contributes towards reinforcement of optimal and sustainable management of Kuwait’s environment and natural resources. UNDP supports EPA’s capacity building as well as developing and contributing to the implementation of integrated environmental strategies and policies to mainstream environmental considerations into national socio-economic development plans. In addition, UNDP has partnered with the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) to produce Kuwait’s first Energy Outlook to enable the country to set and track the baseline of energy sources using evidence-based approach, so to support Kuwait’s commitment to reach its 15% target of renewable energy by 2030.