Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: – The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data held a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of IsDB member countries on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to discuss technology-enabled data solutions to address climate change crises.
High-level delegations from Somalia, Senegal and Guinea met with IsDBI’s Dr. Areef Suleman, Director of Economic Research and Statistics, and Mr. Syed Faiq Najeeb, Senior Islamic Finance Specialist, as well as as Dr Claire Melamed of the Global Partnership, Chief Executive Officer, and Ms Lucy Pearson, Senior Strategy and Development Manager.
Member country delegations called on IsDBI and the Global Partnership to support the development of modern data systems to enable timely and evidence-based policymaking in their quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general and to fight against the climate and the environment. related challenges in particular.
Led by HE Amb. Khadija Almakhzoumi, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Somali delegation stressed that data is a priority for their newly established ministry as they look forward to strong support from IsDBI and the Global Partnership in various areas. These include access to modern data systems, building institutional capacity, creating appropriate monitoring dashboards, and supporting cross-cutting community awareness of climate and environmental data.
The Senegalese delegation was led by HE Mr. Alione Ndoye, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, who praised the impact of previous support provided by IsDBI and the Global Partnership in Senegal. Previous collaboration enabled Senegal to assess the conditions of its agriculture, deforestation and water quality and facilitated access to satellite technology to accelerate impact assessment and decision-making. decision more than half the time. HE Ndoye called for additional support, particularly in the areas of fisheries, livestock and agriculture and recommended that, given the cross-cutting nature of collaborative work, the initiative be expanded to include other ministries as well as the private sector.
For its part, the delegation of Guinea, led by Mr. Fassou Thea, adviser to the Prime Minister, requested data support in the areas of disaster planning, watershed management, agriculture and food production.
The impetus for member countries’ call for additional support is the high impact of the collaboration between the IsDBI and the Global Partnership in promoting quality data systems in support of informed policymaking. on evidence. Such multilateral collaborations on promoting innovative data sources are imperative to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in time for the 2030 Agenda.
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The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) is the knowledge benchmark of the Islamic Development Bank Group. Guided by the principles of Islamic economics and finance, the Institute is mandated to lead the development of innovative knowledge-based solutions to support the sustainable economic development of IsDB member countries and Muslim communities around the world. . Established in 1981 as the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), the Institute was renamed in April 2021 to better align it with the emerging priorities of the IDB and to enable the Institute to effectively lead innovative knowledge-based solutions for sustainable development.
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