Posted on June 29, 2018

The State of Qatar has stressed that it attaches great importance to national development, regional stability and global harmony. It also contributes significantly to the international development and to alleviate the suffering of those affected by war and conflict through humanitarian assistance and development projects in many areas of conflict and occupation.

In a speech at the opening of the 30th ministerial session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H E Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi noted that Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attaches great importance to realizing the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, namely economic development, social development, human development and environmental development, which are in line with global goals.

In his speech, he stressed Qatar’s commitment to continue its approach to developing comprehensive, integrated and balanced methods to promote a culture of partnership and innovation and to take further initiatives based on the values of cooperation, solidarity and the maintenance of fundamental rights, which place humanity at the centre of its priorities.

The State of Qatar, he said, firmly believes that the right to development is one of the fundamental and inalienable human rights and that equal opportunities for development are one of the pillars of good governance and are the best way to build healthy, peaceful and integrated societies, which are the means to protect young people from the scourge of extremism, violence and terrorism. A healthy society and happy individual are the goals of every quest for sustainable growth and prosperity, he said.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Qatar’s second national development strategy for the period 2018-2022 highlighted the importance of the international cooperation sector in enhancing Qatar’s regional economic, political and cultural role to contribute to global peace and security through political initiatives and development and humanitarian aid, noting that Qatar has benefited greatly from the experiences of ESCWA and its technical perspectives in the preparation of this strategy, which was launched in March.

During the presidency of the State of Qatar for the 29th session of ESCWA over the past two years, many workshops and technical events were held in the fields of sustainable development, economy, trade, energy, water, women and others, he said. The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the world today, especially the Arab region, is going through a very dangerous and complex phase, in terms of the major challenges and pressing issues that are embodied in the suffering of the peoples, and is a constant concern for the rulers and officials.