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Arab countries still suffering divergent demographic challenges

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Secretary-General of the Arab League Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi pointed out here on Tuesday the Arab region was still undergoing divergent demographic challenges such as unemployment, marginalization, low income, and immigration despite Arab states’ efforts to strengthen and employ development opportunities.
Latest data showed that a major number of Arab countries will not be able to accomplish most of the goals of World Population Plan of Action by 2014, as well as the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, Al-Arabi said during his opening speech at the Regional Population and Development Conference, entitled “Development Challenges and Population Dynamics in a Changing Arab Region, which kicked off on Monday in the Egyptian capital.
Also, he noted the Arab world is currently witnessing high unemployment rates, compared to other international regions, adding that these high rates contributed in aggravating poverty and marginalization rates as they were some of the main causes of the latest political events that took place in many Arab countries.
In addition, Al-Arabi explained that some of the low-income Arab countries are still undergoing high rates of population growth, death of mothers, illiteracy, low awareness, and bad health services, affirming at the same time that other Arab states are witnessing high populated migrations to their lands such as forced, irregular, work, and competencies.
Furthermore, he asserted that wars and conflicts contributed in aggravating numbers of immigrants and refugees in the region, making it one of the world’s biggest regions in hosting refugees.
The current conference is of great importance since it is occurring after two decades of the first population conference in 1994, which resulted in creating a 20 year program of action.
Moreover, the conference will discuss how well the program was applied in the Arab world, and will also set a development plan to be executed beyond 2014.
The three-day conference, will aim to provide a better life for the 370 million people of the Arab world population, especially with the recent demographic, economic, social, and political changes they are facing.
Kuwait’s delegation for the conference is expected to be headed by Minister of State for Planning and Development and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Rola Dashti.

Kuwait News Agency



7 Comments on "Arab countries still suffering divergent demographic challenges"

  1. BillT on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 10:24 am 

    Didn’t see any mention of the real problem … the US.

  2. Sharpie on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 1:37 pm 

    Ahem…370 million and rising.

  3. Arthur on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 1:45 pm 

    Imagine how bad it would be if there was no influx of money from oil revenues.

  4. Newfie on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 4:15 pm 

    The situation in the Arab world is the will of Allah.

  5. Plantagenet on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 5:24 pm 

    The Arab world could be the wealthiest area of the entire planet. The situation in the poor parts of the Arab world is the fault of the greedy, oligarchic, religious rulers of the rich part of the Arab world.

  6. DC on Wed, 26th Jun 2013 9:15 pm 

    The Arab world could be the wealthiest area of the entire planet. The situation in the poor parts of the Arab world is the fault of the greedy, oligarchic, religious rulers of the United States of Israel.

    Fixed it for ya!

  7. Arthur on Thu, 27th Jun 2013 8:22 am 

    Industrial civilization is in the genes of the Europeans, not in those of the Arabs, never will be. Before the Europeans showed up in Arabia, the Arabs were camel drivers, living in tents. By the end of this century they could possibly be forced to pick up that mode of living again.

    The British were first to exploit the enormous power of fossil fuel after the defeat of Napoleon, a few decades later followed by the Americans, who discovered oil in their own soil. As one barrel of oil represents 8 manyears of physical labour, slavery could be abolished (had nothing to do with morals but everything with oil). Next the global run for oil began. In 1871 Germany came into existence and soon become a formidable rival of Britain. The race for oil began, the Germans even built a railwayline from Germany as far as Bagdad, to get the oil. The line still exists on places, like here near wartorn Aleppo:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bagdadbahn_n%C3%B6rdlich_von_Aleppo.jpg

    In 20-30 years time Arabia will be very silent again. Americans, Europeans, Russians and Chinese will have gone home. The place will no longer be of interest to anybody when the wells are dry. No more Lawrences of Arabia or secret Sykes-Picot agreements between London, Paris and Moscow. Maybe a few Oasis with waterpump driven by solar cells, paid for with the last buckets of oil, extracted by Norwegians and their weird nano-technology. The entire Middle-East will be divided between Turkey and Iran. End of story. The future will belong to camels, Allah and other fata morgana’s.

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