Posted on July 21, 2017

Minister of Development Planning and Statistics HE Dr Saleh bin Mohammad al Nabit (pictured) said the unilateral measures of imposing illegal land, sea and air siege on the State of Qatar will not deviate the country from achieving sustainable development, prosperity and growth.

Speaking at the meeting of the 2017 high-level political forum on sustainable development at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, the minister said after the contrived crisis, Qatar is addressing this siege with the power of truth, logic and means of transparency, along with the support of its friends in the region and the world. He stressed Qatar's commitment to the UN charter and relevant international conventions in every step it takes, reiterating that nothing would distract it from the path it chose for itself in Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve sustainable development and well-being for its residents.

The minister referred to the international indicators and comparisons that reflect Qatar's continuous and steady progress in all the different economic development indicators as well as the social, human, safety indicators and peace in the world. Qatar continues to meet its moral, ethical and religious commitments by spreading education and employment around the world among the needy people and by responding to humanitarian emergencies that populations face, he added. Such effort represents an authentic component of Qatar's culture, morals and ethics that it has followed for years, and it reflects its commitment to effectively contribute to international development, the minister said.

Qatar will host the high-level meeting of Economical and Social (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up for 2018 in November, reflecting Qatar's belief in the importance of international cooperation for sustainable development, he said, adding that eradicating poverty is a top priority and a prerequisite to achieve sustainable development. He pointed out that achieving inclusive and sustainable economic, social and environmental development also requires mobilising the necessary means and strengthening global cooperation and participation of every individual including the poorest and most marginalised groups, especially women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

The minister said Qatar's policy depends on correlating its national policy with the global directives related to development, adding that Qatar is keen on ensuring that the Sustainable Development Plan becomes an integral part of the Second National Development Strategy (2017-2022). He also praised the Qatar National Vision 2030 which identifies main economic, social, human and environmental goals, including eight sectoral strategies for development in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan.

The minister presented the achievements of Qatar in different fields including social security, health, education, infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, global partnership and cooperation and the developmental and humanitarian aids. He said that Qatar's development approach is based on human rights, as it hosts residents of all nationalities who enjoy all the basic rights in accordance with the Constitution, and participate in the process of development and growth of the State. He referred to the preventive approach adopted by Qatar to create conditions enhancing the concepts of coexistence and the renunciation of violence and extremism, pointing to Qatar's hosting of annual dialogue conferences between different cultures. 

Qatar takes measures within legislative and institutional frameworks necessary to promote the culture of peace, he also said. He added that Qatar concentrates on eradicating corruption, its causes and motives, and hosted in 2015 the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in partnership with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Qatar launched transparency and control institutions such as the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, he further said. In conclusion, Nabit said that Qatar will continue to play an important and active role in the global partnership for development and to achieve development that balances economic, social and environmental dimensions.