The head of the Syrian Commission for Family and Population Affairs, Eng. Samar al-Sibai, affirmed the commitment of Syria to achieving the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the principles and objectives of the action plan of the international conferences on population and development.
Sibai said in a speech via video technology during the opening session of the fifty-fifth session of the Population and Development Committee, held on the 25th and 29th of this month at the United Nations headquarters in New York, with the participation of the permanent delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic: “The terrorist war against Syria and the accompanying policies of the hostility of some countries affected population and development issues and generated a set of priority challenges, as the crimes of terrorist organizations and their sponsors caused severe damage to development achievements, infrastructure, and public and private properties.
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Sibai pointed out that the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed by some Western countries against the Syrian people had disastrous effects on various aspects of life and wasted efforts made by Syrian state institutions over decades to achieve economic growth, increase trade exchanges, build and develop service facilities, rehabilitate and train cadres and provide basic services, especially in the education and health sectors. Sibai said: “These illegal measures have led to a low standard of living for the Syrian citizen, the loss of a large number of residents of their job opportunities and sources of income, and the difficulty of their access to free public services provided by the state, including education, health, and other social services.”
Sibai pointed out that the Syrian Commission for Family and Population Affairs, in cooperation and coordination with all parties and the United Nations Population Fund, is working to update local population policy documents, with a special focus on youth resources.
Sibai said: “Syria is making all efforts to return the internally displaced to their homes and to create conditions for the return of refugees to their country with dignity, but these efforts will continue to encounter fundamental obstacles as long as some countries continue to politicize humanitarian and development work, impose unilateral coercive economic measures, and violate the principles of international law, the provisions of the charters and other ” Human Rights,” documents.
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