“The Obstruction of Goal 16 … the Explicit Challenge to Build Peaceful Societies”
“Supporting terrorism and extremism by foreign countries will remain the greatest challenge to sustainable development” Okeil
“The African countries should take a unified stance against external interference” Hager Abdelmonsif
With the end of its participation in the high-level political forum at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights released an analytical paper on the challenges of building peaceful societies in Africa,
The paper addresses the extent to which the objectives of Goal 16 have been achieved; and the challenges to peace and security on the African continent, in particular the impact of external interference on the decline of sustainable development.
The paper tackles a number of examples of interference such as Iran, Qatar and the Israeli occupying Power, which support terrorist and extremist groups; use the economy as a front for illegal trade; and interfere in domestic affairs in a nutshell, leading in one way or another to destabilize them, which in particular hinders the implementation of Goal 16.
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, stated that major and regional powers’ competition for Africa has become more widespread than mere aid until it has become an overt interference in internal affairs.
Hagar Abdelmonsif, African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit Manager at Maat, recommended the need for a unified African stance to oppose or reduce relations with the foreign countries that interfere in the internal affairs of the African countries, or the countries that support terrorism in order to destabilize them.
Maat for Peace is participating in the meetings of the UN high level political forum as a representative of North Africa in the NGO Major Group, as well as participating in the meetings of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Cairo.
عرقلة الهدف 16 ... والتحدي الصريح في بناء مجتمعات سلمية
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