Tony Addison and Alan Roe at 5th UN Roundtable on Extractives

Extractive industries and sustainable development in the Arab region

On 15 March, 2021, Tony Addison and Alan Roe, both Non-Resident Senior Research Fellows at UNU-WIDER, will be presenting at a high-level United Nations Roundtable titled 'Extractive industries and sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda in the Arab region'

The Roundtable is convenved by the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and hosted by the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The overall objective of the Roundtable is to seize the immediate challenge of the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing challenge of climate change as opportunities to identify and implement key partnerships, instruments, and policies to ensure that extractive industries can better serve as a driver for sustainable development in the Arab region.

This Roundtable will be the fifth and last in a series of five regional Roundtables hosted by the Regional Commissions. The Secretary-General will convene a High-level roundtable in 2021, drawing on the outcomes of the regional roundtables, which will provide a global perspective and deliver tangible solutions going forward. Regional roundtables will include the participation of Ministers and other senior government officials, experts from academia and think tanks, representatives from international organizations, the private sector, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders from the respective region.