Innovation Policy for Inclusive Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

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The aim of this study is to provide decision-makers in Arab countries with a framework for the formulation of policies for economic growth and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It takes its inspiration from internationally recognized frameworks, the experience and best practices of developed countries, and the strategies employed by emerging economies to achieve technological and social development comparable to those of advanced countries. The study looks at how to address innovation challenges in the region and shape related policy to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, it explores how innovation policy can be applied to tackle key issues such as youth employment and climate change. In coming years, ESCWA will publish a series of follow-up reports on the role of innovation in specific sectors and in relation to particular SDGs.