The Social Development Centre (SDC), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is participating in the thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade Development (UNCTAD XIII), currently taking place at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
Top-level officials from SDC will represent some of the Center’s key development programs, such as Rasameel Fund, Tanmia for Small and Medium Enterprises, First Step, and Career Counseling Services.
In line with UNCTAD XIII’s overriding theme – inclusive and sustainable development for effective globalization – SDC will also promote its community service, family support, and research initiatives.
“SDC’s participation in UNCTAD XIII demonstrates our commitment to the sustainable development of Qatar’s financial and human capital, as well as its societal framework,” said Amal Al-Mannai, Executive Director, SDC.
“This event is a milestone in Qatar’s history of hosting high-level global events. The presence of UNCTAD’s 194 member states here this week is testament to the international confidence that Qatar enjoys and the diplomatic relations that it has built and maintained across the world. We are convinced that Qatar will be an inspiration to the visiting delegations,” said Al-Mannai.
Led by Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, UNCTAD was established in 1964 to promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. Since then, UNCTAD has evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thought on development. UNCTAD XIII is the first such conference being held in the Arab region.
Through its participation in UNCTAD XIII, SDC aims to engage and influence decision-makers as they address emerging development challenges, aim to strengthen partnerships for trade and development, enhance the economic environment at all levels, and encourage productive investment, trade, and entrepreneurship policies.
Some of SDC’s social and community development initiatives include its dynamic volunteer program, Kafu Awareness Campaign for volunteering, Rasameel business funding program, and the Reyada Awards for Entrepreneurs. For more information on SDC’s community development initiatives, please visit http://www.sdc.org.qa/.
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