Posted on December 15, 2017

Board Chairman of Qatar Charity Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim al-Thani underlined the importance of the National Day in consolidating the national identity, the inherent values and the distinctive traditions on which the pillars of the State of Qatar have been based as a cohesive entity and a unified and independent country since its establishment.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of Qatar’s National Day, Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim al-Thani said that National Day is a celebration of all the achievements and the progress made during the past decades, and a motivation to move forward. He stressed that the current circumstances underline the importance of concerted efforts and co-operation of all citizens and residents to preserve national gains, and maintain the stability and prosperity of the country.

He also stressed the need to continue strengthening the image of the State of Qatar, which has been known regionally and internationally for its keenness on supporting humanitarian efforts to cope with crises and disasters, in addition to its special role in the development of poor communities and reconstruction projects, in the framework of its keenness to participate in the efforts to establish peace and stability in the world. He said that this year’s slogan ‘Promise of Prosperity and Glory’ carries an optimistic view and hope for a future full of dignity, and a homeland where citizens and all residents enjoy prosperity, dignity, protection, security and stability.

Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim al-Thani praised the wisdom of the Qatari leadership in dealing with the Gulf crisis, in accordance with international norms and laws, and the sound and calm diplomatic policies away from media campaigns and the inciting of peoples and individuals in this crisis. Qatar Charity co-operates with a nearly 500 international partners, the most important of which are the specialised organisations of the United Nations, in the management of its programmes and services. Qatar Charity has become one of the strategic partners of United Nations agencies in implementing the United Nations development plans.

The number of co-operation and partnership agreements between Qatar Charity and the United Nations organisations and agencies, the international humanitarian organisations and international and regional donors have so far reached 93 and are worth more than $126.3mn. Among the most importance agreements in 2017 is a four-year strategic co-operation agreement with UNHCR signed in Geneva, and the agreement signed with the Somali government to organise co-operation between the two sides in the humanitarian and development fields.

Qatar Charity’s regional offices were expanded this year with two new offices opened in Ghana and Kyrgyzstan. The total number of offices through which Qatar Charity currently operates is 26 field offices and 4 regional offices.