Qatar’s support for the UN organs upon directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, earned it a prestigious global position and demonstrated its growing influence worldwide, said HE the UN Special Advocate on the Prevention of Corruption Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), His Excellency hailed Qatar’s positive roles within the international organisations, particularly the UN, highlighting the Amir’s approaches to support the achievement of the UN goals, most notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will not be achieved without fighting corruption.
Qatar’s great support prompted the UN to appoint a Qatari official as UN Special Advocate on the Prevention of Corruption in appreciation and gratitude for all Qatar’s anti-corruption efforts, which is closely linked to achieving the SDGs, he added.
Dr al-Marri noted that the Amir’s annual participation in the UN General Assembly meetings is a demonstration of Qatar’s interest in the UN, the international community and all global issues.
The UN, in return, highly appreciates and respects Qatar thanks to its great and effective roles within the UN, he added, highlighting that countries are globally judged by the extent of their global influence rather than their areas or economies.
He stressed that Qatar’s interest in actively participating in UN meetings and its vital roles in various global issues stems from its clear strategy that earned it a prestigious world position and a wide welcome from various UN agencies.
In 2021, Qatar announced an over $2bn contribution for the UN for peace and refugees, especially from refugees from Syria and Yemen, and support for Yemen, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan and other crises, His Excellency highlighted.
Dr al-Marri stressed that the UNGA meetings constitute an annual opportunity to affirm the principles upon which the UN is based, as well as a platform for effective action on various international issues.
Commenting on His Highness the Amir’s participation at the UNGA meetings, Dr al-Marri said it has many implications, at top of which is the State of Qatar’s full commitment to global issues, most notably refugees and humanitarian issues, in addition to the ongoing interest in the Palestinian cause and other issues of concern for the Islamic and Arab nations.
The UNGA meetings are an opportunity for heads of state and government to hold talks that are no less important than the UNGA meeting.
Qatar’s participation is also an opportunity to affirm the country’s financial and political support for the UN’s calls for international peace and security, His Excellency said, highlighting Doha’s leading anti-corruption efforts to help the UN achieve SDGs.
Dr al-Marri stressed that Qatar left no stone unturned in fighting corruption, both locally and globally, highlighting the UN launch of the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award in the name of His Highness the Amir, in appreciation of his role in fighting corruption and supporting corruption fighters worldwide. (QNA)
The United Nations anti-corruption lawyer during the interview.