Posted on March 13, 2018

Qatar Minister of Culture and Sports H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali honored the 4th  Session of “Tajrebaty” Initiative, which was yesterday hosted by Qatar University (QU) at Ibn Khaldoon Hall.

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Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the event featured a lecture by State Minister H.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, in which he spoke about his candidature to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and his future plans. H.E. Mr Salah Bin Ghanim Al-Ali was joined by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for Administration and Financial Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khater, QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji, and “Tajrebaty” Initiative Founder Eng Ibrahim Al Sada, as well as officials from QU and the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and around 70 students.

H.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari outlined his journey to the candidacy to the UNESCO. He highlighted the continuous support of the Emir H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Father Emir H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.

He pointed to his candidacy platform and his vision for the UNESCO which he presented before the 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board on April 27, 2017. He said: “I was the only one to address the political crisis the UNESCO is facing, as other candidates kept speaking about financial crisis of the organization. I believe that the financial crisis will not be solved unless there is a solution for the political crisis and the Palestinian issue is one of them. The US withdrawal from UNESCO is a political decision.”

QU hosts lecture by 2 [].jpgH.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari also noted that he had caracoled at the top of each of the four rounds of voting for the post of Director-General of the UNESCO that took place on October 9-12. He said: “I was systematically on each occasion the first, between 18 and 22 votes cast against all the other candidates, while the required majority was 29 votes + 1. However, the big surprise was illustrated by the result obtained against the French candidate at the last minute, with 28 votes in favor of Qatar against 30 to the French candidate.”

He added: “This is the first time that an Arab candidate won five rounds and there was only one vote less to win the final round. However, the nature of the election this time was different and the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar played a role in the result due to the intense pressure by the siege countries on the 58 voting countries.” H.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari also highlighted his book titled “Ala Kadri Ahl Al-Azm”, which is published in three languages -- Arabic, English and French. “The book is not an autobiography. I wanted the reader to explore my personality through my writing and to get an insight into Qatar”, he said.

On his future plans, H.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari said: “I am planning to launch my website in Arabic, English and French, to publish a new book on the candidacy process to international organizations, and to become a visiting professor to many prestigious universities across the world.”