Oman ranked 3rd among Arab states in sustainable development

Oman ranked 3rd among Arab states in sustainable development

Oman ranked third among Arab countries in the 2020 Sustainable Development Report (SDR) issued by the UN Development Institution. The SDR 2020 presents the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index and Dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the SDGs in terms of six broad transformations.

Since its launch in 2016, this annual report has provided the most up-to-date data to track and rank the performance of all UN member states on the SDGs. As an unofficial monitoring tool, the SDR is complementary to official efforts to monitor the SDGs.

The report, published last week, said that Oman occupied the 76th position globally and won 69.76 points. Sweden took first place, followed by Denmark and Finland in the rating, which comprises 193 countries. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

As per last year’s data, Oman is ranked ninth globally in the implementation of environmental laws, 11th in the Toughness of Environmental Laws Index, 22nd for sustainable development in the travel and tourism sector. Overall Oman’s ranking improved 109 to 57 in environmental sustainability.

Apart from the various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs to ensure environmental sustainability and the awareness thereof, there are also organisations that are specifically engaged in dealing with the preservation and management of sustainable environment and natural resources.

Oman Environmental Services Holding Company SAOC, Beah, which is in charge of the solid waste management of Oman has been rendering pioneering services towards sustainable waste management practices as per international standards by establishing the required infrastructure and improving public awareness of waste management.