Qatar affirmed that it has adopted over the past decades a foreign policy based on strengthening and promoting international co-operation and solidarity with all countries and international and regional organisations in order to achieve world peace and contribute to efforts to realise development in various fields.
This came in the speech delivered by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva Ambassador Ali Khalfan al-Mansouri during an interactive dialogue with independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, Obiora Okafor, regarding his report on his visit to Qatar within the framework of the 44th session of Human Rights Council.
Al-Mansouri thanked Obiora Okafor for visiting Qatar from September 2-10, 2019, and praised the transparent, constructive and fruitful discussions he held during the visit, while thanking him for his report which reflects many positive models and practices adopted by Qatar in embodying human rights-based solidarity at the national and international levels.
He added that he noted with appreciation the praise of the independent expert to Qatar being the first country in the Gulf region to extend an open invitation to those charged with mandates within the framework of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, and Qatar’s active engagement with international and regional organisations and its hosting of various United Nations bodies, which reflects, as the independent expert mentioned, the fact that Qatar is making a great contribution to solidarity with other member-states and peoples, including in the context of human rights.
Al-Mansouri added that the Qatari government has taken note of the recommendations of the independent expert mentioned in his report, and is pleased to note that a number of these recommendations are already being implemented, including those related to strengthening the work of civil society organisations, continuing efforts concerned with achieving sustainable development, introducing human rights education in the various national curricula, reinforcing national efforts related to diversifying the sources of the economy, and addressing the negative effects of climate change. Qatar will also continue its efforts to promote and protect workers’ rights taking into account what was recommended by independent expert in this regard.
Al-Mansouri pointed out that Qatar has adopted over the past decades a foreign policy based on strengthening and promoting international co-operation and solidarity with all countries and international and regional organisations in order to achieve world peace and contribute to efforts to realise development in various fields, including by helping developing countries achieve development goals.
Among the most prominent examples that the independent expert mentioned in his report in this regard, he said, are the efforts of Qatar in interactive solidarity by providing support to countries affected by disasters, conflicts and climate change, as well as its efforts in preventive solidarity by investing in providing quality education at the national and international levels.
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