Qatar provided a grant of $564,000 through Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) to the United Nations Office for South-South Co-operation (UNOSSC) to renovate the Doha meetings' hall in the office's new building in New York.

The signing ceremony of the agreement was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the high-level meeting of the countries of the South, in which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the current President of the UN General Assembly for the 73rd session Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces participated.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Qatar Fund For Development by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN, ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, while it was signed on behalf of the office by UN Secretary-General's Envoy on South-South Co-operation Jorge Chediek.

Chediek expressed gratitude to Qatar for its continued support to the UNOSSC, adding that the Office looks forward to strengthening this co-operation and partnership with Qatar in the future.

Ambassador Sheikha Alya noted that Qatar's grant is an affirmation of the co-operation between the two countries and the countries of the South. She pointed out that South-South co-operation is one of the priorities of Qatar's policy.

He noted the importance of the second United Nations High-level Conference on South-South Co-operation to be held in Argentine capital of Buenos Aires from March 20-22, 2019, and the third South Summit to be held in Uganda in 2019.

Qatar hosted the Second South Summit in 2005.

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