Qatar, represented by Qatar Fund for Development (QFD), has signed an agreement with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide a multi-year generous financial contribution of $40mn to support the office, in the presence of HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohamed.
The agreement was signed by Qatar Fund for Development Director-General Khalifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Stephen O'Brien, on the sidelines of the 17th Doha Forum.
Qatar ranked second in the list of the ten countries that support humanitarian affairs according to the United Nations statistic for 2016.
Qatar Fund for Development underlined that signing an agreement with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide a contribution of $40mn demonstrates Qatar's confidence in the role carried out by OCHA at all levels.
During a joint press conference with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Stephen O'Brien held on the sidelines of the 17th Doha Forum, Director-General of Qatar Fund for Development Khalifa Jassim al-Kuwari said that by supporting OCHA, Qatar is supporting the United Nations, noting that it is not the first agreement signed between Qatar and OCHA, another agreement was signed in 2012.
He noted that the agreement is not concerned with specific countries or regions, but with the funding of the UN operations which gives more flexibility to OCHA. "Qatar has other grants that were earmarked for specific things. This time, we saw that the grant should be more flexible".
For his part, Stephen O'Brien said that the magnitude of the crises around the world is huge and requires unifying efforts and joint agreements that would result in a strong outcome to reach a more stable world and serve the interest of public affairs around the world.
He stressed the importance of the Doha Forum 2017 because it highlights the clear relations between refugee issues and the reasons behind their departure.