Qatar and the UN in constructive cooperation


Qatar and the United Nations have a long history of cooperation based on the success of Qatari diplomacy and confidence in Doha’s ability to organize and sponsor major international events and conferences, or to host bilateral negotiations or multilateral organizations for the countries of the region or to provide humanitarian services and relief initiatives in difficult times of crises and pandemics.
Doha’s hosting and organization of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-V) – to be held in March 2023, is seen as a certificate of recognition by the UN to Qatar and a proof of the confidence of the international community in Doha as a capital with remarkable diplomatic weight.
The convening of the conference comes at an extremely critical time after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has seriously threatened the economies of major developed countries and caused a fundamental shift in the financial and development policies of least developed countries in a way that has affected their survival as countries capable of fulfilling the obligations of their citizens, not to mention their international obligations.
In a speech, HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Dr. Hend Abdalrahman al-Muftah, underlined Qatar’s strong support and solidarity with the least developed countries, and its willingness to make every effort to help these countries realize their legitimate aspirations. for development and progress.
In his speech delivered at a side event organized by the Permanent Delegation of Qatar, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Doha Program of Action for developing countries, entitled “Human Rights Challenges and Opportunities”, Dr Hend added that based on Qatar’s foreign policy, which attaches great importance to partnership with the international community, Qatar has had the honor of chairing the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Doha will host the meetings of the second edition from 5 to 9 March 2023.
She said Qatar aspires to see the Doha Work Program for Least Developed Countries widely followed and implemented, and that it serves as a roadmap to realize the pledge to leave no one behind. .
She reiterated “Qatar’s full commitment to continue its cooperation and solidarity with LDCs”.
In a speech during the opening session of the first part of the 5th United Nations Conference on LDCs, held in New York on March 17, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that under the guidance of His Highness the Amir, Qatar has initiated the hosting of the conference based on its policy of partnership with the international community, and in accordance with its commitment and concern to support the problems of LDCs, in addition to the confidence of Doha that this conference will help to meet the needs and priorities of these countries and support their path towards development in the next ten years.
The UN Doha Agenda of Action (DPoA) for LDCs, which has been endorsed by the UN, is seen as an important milestone for the success of the second part of the conference, to be held in Doha, as this will be the first program of action to address the impact of the pandemic on LDCs giving them the highest priority.
The DPoA will serve as a roadmap, with its important tools and measures for change, as well as the reflection it brings to the commitment of all partners to provide more resources and realize the full potential offered by the science, technology and innovation, leading to comprehensive development.
The program would also serve as an effective tool for translating all long-term promises and commitments into concrete actions with the cooperation of all partners.
In his speech at the conference, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the DPoA as representing a “lifeline” as it provides assistance to LDCs in the short term, achieves the goals of medium-term sustainable development and creates development. and long-term prosperity, stating: “The hopes, dreams, lives and livelihoods of one-eighth of humanity rest between the pages of the Doha Agenda for Action”.
Guterres noted that developing countries need to invest in sectors that reduce poverty and increase resilience, such as job creation, social protection, food security, universal healthcare, quality education and digital connectivity.
Hope lies in the DPoA transforming it into a framework that includes commitments from major countries with a package of debt relief, as well as financial and development assistance for LDCs to face the post- Covid, in addition to the economic stagnation the world may witness with continued military operations in Ukraine, suspension of supply chains, high prices and scarcity of raw materials.
Dr. Hend also noted that the pledge to “leave no one behind” is the key commitment UN member states made when adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and this commitment means taking all possible measures to eradicate poverty, end inequalities and fight discrimination, taking the necessary measures and reaching the most disadvantaged first, emphasizing that this obligation applies not only to people , but also to the States.
She added that this commitment also means that the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals must take into account the specific needs of vulnerable countries, including the least developed countries, so that they can build sustainable, resilient and sustainable economic growth. inclusive.
Qatar has spared no effort to provide assistance and send humanitarian and relief aid to LDCs as well as friendly and brotherly countries, in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the economic growth plans of these countries. .
Doha has made contributions exceeding $140 million, based on its leading role in humanitarian work and in support of international efforts to fight the pandemic, and signed a basic contribution agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) worth $10 million to support the action organization’s program and initiative to accelerate the availability of tools to fight Covid-19 in the most needy countries.
Through the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar has also helped assist 92 countries during the pandemic, based on its belief in the importance of global solidarity to overcome the effects of the scourge, especially on LDCs.
Qatar is the first Arab and Gulf state to organize and host the UN LDC-V Conference.
The preparation for the conference in its fifth edition in Doha began immediately after the signing of the Doha Host Agreement on October 4, 2021, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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