UN Day observance expresses Qatar's commitment to body
December 16 2019 09:02 PM
HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi and the UN General Assembly
HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi and the UN General Assembly president Tijani Mohamed Bande cut a cake on the occasion as UN Secretary General's special adviser Dr Ahmed al-Meraikhi looks on. PICTURES: Ram Chand

The United Nations Day observance on Sunday highlighted Qatar's efforts and contributions towards strengthening the UN and it agencies.

The occasion saw HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, the UN General Assembly president Tijani Mohamed Bande as the guest of honour, UN Secretary General's special adviser Dr Ahmed al-Meraikhi and other dignitaries in attendance.

Addressing the gathering, HE al-Muraikhi noted there is a need for international co-operation to strengthen the UN, and said Qatar is obliged to extend help and support the organisation to achieve development in sectors of culture, education and welfare.

"Qatar has proven its commitment to helping those in need and recent years have seen a large increase in co-operation and partnerships with UN entities in order to develop human rights protection and countering issues. The country has contributed significantly to the UN fund for countering terrorism, reducing carbon emission and combating climate change," he explained.

The function also marked the formal preparation for the UN75 programme. Dialogues will be held around the world and across borders, sectors and generations as part of the programme, with an aim to reach the global public, listen to their hopes and fears and to learn from their experiences.

Al-Meraikhi said Qatar stands tall among those nations leading the global humanitarian response. Qatar is among the major donors to the UN.

"Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the Sustainable

Development Goals (SDG) will require co-operation across borders, sectors and generations," he said.

A panel discussion was also held on 'Partnership between Qatar and the UN to prepare for UN75'. Moderated by Al Jazeera principal presenter Laila al-Shaikhli, panelists including Silatech CEO Dr Sabah Ismail al-Haidoos; Qatar Financial Centre CEO Yusuf Mohamed al-Jaida, Qatar Charity CEO Yousef bin Ahmed al-Kuwari and Qatar Social Work CEO Amal Abdullatif al-Mannai atttended the discussion.





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