Since joining the United Nations (UN) in 1971, the State of Qatar has been keen to support UN initiatives in various fields, through close cooperation with various relevant UN bodies, including by supporting international development efforts, the maintenance of international peace and security, the promotion of human rights, and providing humanitarian assistance, and other collective initiatives taken to meet current or future challenges facing the world is facing.
Qatar is proud of its distinguished and active role within the United Nations, to which the international organization and the Member States refer for matters raised on the international scene. The State of Qatar is known for its serious and fruitful partnerships with UN bodies and its achievements and compliance with international commitments and initiatives in various fields to support multilateral international action to address common challenges.
As a culmination of this partnership and Qatari support for UN initiatives, the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, Ambassador HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, announced that the House of United Nations scheduled for Doha will be inaugurated at the 5th United Nations Conference. on Least Developed Countries (LDCs5) organized by the State of Qatar in the first quarter of next year.
The United Nations House will house offices for United Nations organizations, and its inauguration is one of the fruits of the support of the State of Qatar, announced on the sidelines of the Doha Forum 2018, to fund United Nations organizations in $500 million to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two parties.
It was not by chance. Qatar ranked sixth globally and first in the Arab world as one of the largest contributors to multi-partner funds in 2017, based on its firm belief in the importance of strengthening international cooperation to achieve the goals desired within the framework of an effective international partnership to promote the noble objectives of the Charter of the United Nations and to ensure the well-being of mankind.
At the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Tracking 2022 held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in April, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, said that the total funding committed by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) in 2020, exceeded $533 million, allocating funding to numerous partners in the field of development and humanitarian aid, including United Nations agencies.
QFFD has signed a partnership agreement with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for 2021-2025, contributing $10 million to support the coalition’s efforts for equitable and sustainable access to vaccines in low-income countries, in line with the importance that the State of Qatar places on strengthening international support to ensure easy access to vaccines, explained HE.
The State of Qatar was also one of the founding investors of UNDP’s Accelerator Lab Network, allocating a multi-year contribution totaling $20 million to support the network of laboratories that provide innovative solutions and measures to current challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19. . His work has shown a vital impact on the lives of many people around the world.
The QFFD has many partnerships and agreements, as it is responsible for coordinating and implementing foreign development assistance projects on behalf of the State of Qatar in several areas. In July 2022, QFFD signed an agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) to support core resources worth $10 million to meet basic food security needs. Previously, in November 2021, he also signed an agreement with the WFP to provide a financial contribution of $90 million to guarantee food assistance to more than 7 million people in urgent need of food in Yemen.
Qatar’s support for UN initiatives involves close cooperation with various relevant UN bodies, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Office against Terrorism (UNOCT).
With regard to the Alliance of Civilizations, Qatar has strongly supported the initiative to establish UNAOC, which today plays an active role in promoting a culture of peace. Qatar continues its support to increase its capacity to carry out its mission. In December 2011, Doha hosted the fourth UNAOC Global Forum.
In the field of human rights, Doha hosted the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Center for South-West Asia and the Arab Region in Doha, which was officially inaugurated in May 2009. The center plays a major role in the region to raise awareness of human rights issues.
Qatar has also supported the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons since its adoption, and in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the League of Arab States, Qatar sponsored the Arab Initiative to strengthen national capacities to combat human trafficking in Arab countries.
In October 2021, will host the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs5). The conference resulted in the adoption of the Doha work program for the least developed countries for the decade 2022-2031, which will help these countries to face the challenges posed by COVID-19, economic crises and climate change .
In October 2021, the State of Qatar pledged an additional $16 million to support UNDP’s international efforts to address poverty, climate change and inequality around the world.
The agreements included a commitment by the State of Qatar to provide annual support to UNDP, UNICEF, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and at UNHCR.
In March 2021, the State of Qatar and the United Nations signed two agreements to open two new offices of the organization in Doha. Under the agreement, a UNDP office will be established to support efforts and means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals globally, while UNOCHA will support the United Nations mission to coordinate humanitarian operations. global through partnerships with national and international actors.
On September 9, 2020, the Education Above All Foundation, together with global partners UNICEF and UNESCO, marked the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack after world leaders and activists unanimously agreed on the need to take immediate and concrete action to protect education from attack.
In April 2022, the State of Qatar continued its partnership with various United Nations agencies. The most recent of these partnerships resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Ministry of Sports and Youth with UNICEF to enhance cooperation on issues related to social and economic empowerment and development. inclusion of Qatari youth.
Qatar’s strong presence in UN initiatives reflects Doha’s commitment and belief in the importance of a strategic partnership with the UN to enhance the international community’s efforts to maintain peace and security. international organizations, prevent conflict, support the development process and promote human rights, and engage in collective action to address existing and emerging challenges facing the world.