Posted on September 22, 2018

Bringing top policy-makers and diplomats from across the globe under one roof to discuss world’s pressing challenges, the 18th edition of Doha Forum will be held on December 15 and 16 focusing on security; peace and mediation; economic development and trends and transitions.

“The world is more interconnected than ever before, but is it also fragmented? Doha Forum is returning in its 18th edition to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges on December 15th and 16th 2018,” Doha Forum has announced on its official twitter account. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also responded to Doha Forum’s announcement by tweeting: “Eighteen years of success and commitment to create an effective mechanism for cultural communication based on mutual respect and recognition of the other in order to reach common denominators and visions addressing the challenges we face in our world today.”

In another tweet, Doha Forum said, “Representing the different components that form an interconnected world, Doha Forum returns in its 18th edition with a new visual identity. #Diplomacy, #Dialogue and #Diversity are the core of our vision as we tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.” Yesterday, Doha Forum on the eve of International Day of Peace, again tweeted: “Today marks the International Day of Peace. With #peace and mediation being one of the #DohaForum essential themes, this day embodies our shared aspiration safeguard the human rights of all people.”

The Forum, according to official website of Doha Forum, is shaping policy in international world. “During the last few decades, both policy practices and diplomatic discourse have become more dynamic. Political leaders are taking into consideration the multi-faceted decisions and their implications within states and across political borders. Our focus areas in this year’s forum will address the interconnectedness of policy making through four main themes: Security; Peace and Mediation; Economic Development and Trends and Transitions.”

In two-day event, many important economic, political, security related topics will be discussed in different sessions like “Polarization in the MENA: what is the European role?”, “The economy of wars; ethics and survival?”, “How can states effectively counter extremism in an interconnected world?”, “Trade Wars vs. Trade Imbalance”, “Gender and mediation: how the role of women in conflict resolution; new perspectives?”, “Economic sanctions to further war by other means: are they effective or just a means to an end?”, among dozens of others, according to Doha Forum agenda shared on its website.

Doha Forum is a global platform for dialogue, bringing together leaders in policy to build innovative and action driven networks. European Council on Foreign Relations, International Crisis Group and Munich Security Conference are the strategic partners of Doha Forum. Established in 2000, the Doha Forum, as per its mission, “is a platform for global dialogue on critical challenges facing our world.” “Doha Forum reaches out to high level: policy makers, government leaders, private sector representatives, civil society, and non-governmental organizations with the belief that diversity in thought will enhance how we deal with our collective challenges,” says the official website of Doha Forum.

source: The Peninsula