Qatar has stressed the urgent need to mobilise efforts, take urgent measures, and show more political will to confront the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters, which pose a threat to international peace and security and are an obstacle to achieving sustainable development goals.
This came in a statement made by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, during the UN Security Council's open debate on climate and security.
The statement discussed the number of measures taken by Qatar at the national level to confront the threat posed by climate change, stressing that the State has never failed to play its role as an active partner in the international community in addressing the effects of climate change, based on its belief in the importance of multilateral international action.
It said that the year 2012 represented an important milestone for the country's leading role in this framework, through its hosting and active participation in the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18).
The statement also said that in the context of the unique vulnerability of small island developing states and least developed countries in facing the challenges associated with climate change, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani announced Qatar's contribution of $100mn for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states, during the Climate Action Summit in 2019.
The statement also highlighted the efforts undertaken by Qatar Fund for Development to mobilise support to confront climate change and promote green growth in these countries, stressing Qatar's commitment to co-operate with its strategic partners to help these countries develop flexible strategies and programmes to deal with climate change.
It also drew attention to what Qatar has done in reporting its nationally determined contributions, which give a clear and transparent picture of the approach and actions taken, and reflect the level of ambition that Qatar seeks to achieve regarding the issue of adaptation to climate change and mitigate its effects.
The statement expressed Qatar's pride at hosting the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, from Jan 23-27 of 2022, which will result in the Doha Work Programme.
It stressed that climate change will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent issues raised, and will occupy a prominent place in the conference, expressing Qatar's aspiration that this conference will provide a vital opportunity to shed light on innovative plans and solutions to combat climate change.
Qatar reiterated its commitment to continue work with all its partners to face the threat of climate change and ensure international peace and security.