17 September 2022

Qatar Organizes a Side Event to Celebrate Anniversary of the Adoption of Doha Program of Action for Least Developed Countries

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Geneva, September 16 (QNA) - The permanent delegation of the State of Qatar, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, organized a side event to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Doha Program of Action for Least Developed Countries.
HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in Geneva Dr. Hend Abdalrahman Al-Muftah, affirmed, in a speech, the State of Qatar's firm support and solidarity with the least developed countries, and its keenness to make all efforts that would support these countries to achieve their legitimate aspirations for development and progress.
Her Excellency explained that based on the foreign policy of the State of Qatar, which attaches great importance to partnership with the international community, she had the honor to chair the 5th United Nations Conference for Least Developed Countries, of which Doha will host the meetings of the second part of it during the period from 5 to 9 March 2023, and expressed her aspiration that this will be an opportunity to meet the needs and priorities of developing countries and support their efforts to achieve development during the next decade.
Her Excellency added that this is an opportunity to invite and urge all countries, stakeholders, and international organizations, including the international organizations based in Geneva, to actively participate in this conference, mobilize their energies for its success, and strive to implement its outputs within the framework of equitable international partnerships that enhance the capacities of the least developed countries, and harness their full potential as called for by the Doha Program, and in line with the 17th goal of the sustainable development goals.
Her Excellency highlighted that the importance of this side event, which celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Doha Program of Action for Least Developed Countries, lies in its organization at an important time when the whole world is trying hard to get out of the devastating effects of the (Covid-19) pandemic, which has greatly affected development efforts across the world, especially in the least developed countries, whose economic and development strategies faced extraordinary challenges and difficulties, expressing hope that the Doha conference will be an opportunity to confront all these challenges.
Her Excellency also noted that the pledge to "leave no one behind" is the core pledge that Member States of the United Nations made when adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and this commitment means taking all possible measures to eradicate poverty, end inequalities, and confront discrimination, taking the necessary measures and reaching those furthest behind first, stressing that this obligation applies not only to people, but also to states.
Her Excellency added that this commitment also means that the implementation of the sustainable development goals must take into account the specific needs of vulnerable countries, including least developed countries, so that they can build sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic growth.
Her Excellency said that the State of Qatar aspires for Doha Program of Action for Least Developed Countries to be widely followed and implemented, and to serve as a road map to achieve the pledge not to leave anyone behind.
Her Excellency reiterated the State of Qatar's full commitment to continue its cooperation and solidarity with the least developed countries.
The side event aims to highlight the importance of mainstreaming human rights and the realization of the right to development in the implementation of the Doha Program of Action for the Least Developed Countries, and also provides an opportunity to enhance high-level attendance at the second part of the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, to be held in Doha, from March 5 to 9, 2023, which will define actions and partnerships at the highest possible level to implement this important plan.


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