Posted on October 05, 2018

Qatar participated in the 96th session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which was held from October 1 to 5 in Geneva.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN in Geneva, Abdullah Al Nuaimi, made a statement in the general debate under item III, in which he noted that Qatar shared UNHCR’s concern about increasing humanitarian needs and forced displacement, praising the work of the High Commissioner for Refugee in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Rohingya community and other areas of conflict or disaster. Al Nuaimi said Qatar contributes every year to alleviating these humanitarian crises through the Office of UNHCR.

Al Nuaimi added that in 2017, Qatar Fund For Development provided $26.8m in financial support to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Fund was ranked 19 among UNHCR’s largest donors. In addition, the Fund, together with national NGOs of UNHCR in 2017, provided approximately $20m, and this amount is expected to double at least by the end of the current year. He emphasized the firm belief of the Qatar that responding to the needs of refugees should be guided by the principles of fundamental rights as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, especially in light of the continuing large influx of immigrants and mixed movements of people in many regions of the world.

Al Nuaimi noted that the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants emphasized that international cooperation was an essential element in the protection of refugees, and the leadership of the Office of the UNHCR emphasized the need to address this pressing phenomenon.