The State of Qatar has reaffirmed its keenness to live up to the principles of joint responsibility and multi-lateral action, pointing to its contributions and initiatives at the international level that made a positive impact on the life of millions of people worldwide.
This came in the statement of the State of Qatar recited by the Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani before the general debate in the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of UN General Assembly at its 77th session on the second item of “Transforming political commitments into actions for sustainable recovery – rebuilding a sustainable future for all”.
Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani outlined that the State of Qatar did not hesitate to continue its pioneering role that supports the international efforts dedicated to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing out that Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) has continued to expand its response scale and afforded more than $140 million for the multi-lateral health care institutions and programs such as COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) and also provided a contribution in 2021 with over $551 million in the development projects and humanitarian aid.
He outlined that comprehensive and sustainable development gains an important place on the top priorities of the State of Qatar, noting that Qatar National Vision 2030 sets an objective framework to achieve sustainable development.
Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations reiterated the State of Qatar’s keenness to provide its national and voluntary reviews in a way that gives transparent progress made at the level of implementing the sustainable development goals, pointing out that the State of Qatar has been proactive and a founding investor in supporting one of the innovative initiatives represented in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Labs that proved their effectiveness through providing innovative solutions to the development challenges.
He pointed out the State of Qatar’s reaffirmation of its support to the network of the Accelerator Labs, noting that an additional contribution of $10 million has been recently announced for the period 2022-2025 bringing the total support provided to $30 million.
Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani also clarified that the positive momentum that featured the unanimous adoption of the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (DPoA) during the first part of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries that was convened in March 2022, underscores the importance of this program, especially within the framework of its ambitious commitments, including vital tools and measures to make the promised change in the life of millions of people in the least developed countries.
He expressed the State of Qatar’s pride to host the second part of the conference in Doha during the period March 5-9, 2023, and said that it will represent a crucial opportunity to build the momentum of implementing the Doha Program of Action.
He pointed out that, during the high-level event on the response to the urgent humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa that was convened last month, the State of Qatar pledged to provide $12 million in humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa, especially in light of the deteriorating situations due to drought and food insecurity, noting the declaration made by the State of Qatar, during the seventh conference to renew the resources for the pledging conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the year 2022, to an additional pledge with $50 million for the Global Fund and the total amount of this support reached $110 million.
Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations expressed the State of Qatar’s aspiration to organize a premium edition of the International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha which will be held for the first time in the gulf region and the Middle East, hoping that the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will be hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt, will take ambitious measures that contribute to mitigating the climate change effects, affirming the State of Qatar’s effective participation in this conference.
Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani said that the State of Qatar is amongst the global leaders that support the UN in diverse fields, and keeps implementing its pledges in this field, expressing his country’s aspiration to inaugurate the UN House in Doha in March 2023, which will include the offices of multiple UN organs, including those working on humanitarian and development fields.
With less than two months away from the State of Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, it is Qatar’s great pleasure to hold this tournament for the first time in the Middle East and Arab region, and it will be the most eco-friendly tournament in the history, he added.
He expressed the confidence of the State of Qatar that this unique experience will leave a solid legacy in sustainability, both in the economic and environmental fields.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs