NEW YORK, 29th September, 2015 (WAM) — The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to intensify collaboration for human development, jointly boost resilience and support recovery from crisis across the Arab States Region.

The MoU was signed at the headquarters of the programme in New York by Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General, and Helen Clark, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Administrator of UNDP.

The MoU commits the two institutions to share knowledge and expertise relating to development and resilience across the region. This includes joint action in training, capacity building, and staff exchange, as well as organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops.

“UNDP and the Gulf Cooperation Council are committed to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, across the Arab States Region,” said Helen Clark. “This partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council will allow UNDP to offer stronger support to Arab countries striving towards these important objectives.”

Dr. Al Zayani said that the MoU is an important step forwards in the ongoing collaboration with UNDP, and that “The GCC is committed to supporting resilience and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the GCC member states.”