Doha, September 20 (QNA) - The State of Qatar and the United Nations share a very concrete relationship: one that is based on strategic cooperation in service of humanity on all fronts.
Since joining in 1971, the State of Qatar has been an active member, working tirelessly to achieve the organizations objectives and principles, including maintaining international peace and security, as well as supporting international development efforts, promoting and consolidating human rights, and participating in collective efforts and initiatives to address the challenges facing the world.
Over the past 51 years, Qatar has always had a reasonable, heard and adhered to voice at the international organization, especially in striving for the just causes of the Arab and Islamic nations.
Moreover, Qatar has always aimed at delivering the voice of the voiceless, the weak and marginalized while defending their causes internationally, creating a strong presence for itself on the international arena, be it the UN or other organizations and groups, for the purpose of finding solutions to crises, preventing conflicts, and maintaining post-conflict peace. In fact, Qatar is one of the troop-contributing countries to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
The State of Qatar's participations in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, held in September each year, were at the highest levels.
Since HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's accession to the reins in 2013, HH has consistently attended the UN General Assembly meetings of every year, delivering a speech before world leaders, in which His Highness outlines the State of Qatars positions on global topics, demonstrating the active role Qatar plays in finding solutions to the challenges facing humanity.
Furthermore, HH the Amir called during his first participation in the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly following his accession to the reins in 2013, to strengthen the United Nations ability to confront world peace and security challenges and to find means to peaceful conflict resolution. Additionally, His Highness added that peoples of many regions are eager to see international community institutions take the issues of poverty, hunger and sustainable development beyond mere conferences and resolutions, and even beyond solidarity and relief campaigns that are called for from time to time, despite their importance.
His Highness the Amir also stressed that the State of Qatar has always been keen to be a positive, effective and constructive player on the international arena, through Qatars balanced and distinguished political and economic relations bilaterally and multilaterally. Moreover, His Highness the Amir added that Qatar will continue to develop this approach on national, regional, and international levels. Not to mention that Qatar seeks to be an arena for dialogue between differing parties in disputes, as opposed to taking sides in conflicts and disputes.
Furthermore, during His Highnesss participation in the past sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, His Highness the Amir affirmed that the State of Qatar will continue its initiatives in supporting developing countries, providing aid in disaster areas, and playing an active role in providing a space for dialogue in conflict and mediation between opposite sides. This stems from the State of Qatars firm belief and commitment to resolving conflicts by peaceful means, establishing a tradition of peace mediation and providing a platform for dialogue amongst political, cultural and religious currents.
In addition, His Highness also renewed Qatar's commitment to work with the United Nations to confront common challenges and achieve desired goals.
Likewise, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani participated during His Highness's reign in the United Nations General Assembly, in order to deliver the State of Qatars voice to the world, explaining Qatars foreign policy and strategic vision before World leadership.
During the years 2000-2005 and 2007-2012 , HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani headed the country's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.
However, in 2006, it was HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, then heir apparent, who delivered the State of Qatar's speech before the 61st session of the General Assembly.
The State of Qatar's voice was never absent from the podiums of the United Nations, especially in voicing the hopes and aspirations of a brighter future for the Arab and Muslim peoples, as well as for the entirety of mankind.
In fact, the State of Qatar's role in the United Nations is not just limited to attending official meetings. Rather it goes above and beyond, by drafting UN resolutions and initiatives on an array of topics. This active role always meets a warm welcome and encouragement by the United Nations and international players.
In this context, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus in April 2022, a resolution in support of Qatar's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The resolution submitted by the State of Qatar, acknowledged the unique character of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 since it would be the first time for the World Cup to take place in a country in the Middle East. Moreover, the resolution was titled "The FIFA World Cup 2022 organized by the International Football Association in Qatar".
In addition, the General Assembly adopted this resolution submitted by Qatar and sponsored by 106 countries, under the item "Sports for Development and Peace: Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal".
In its resolution, the Assembly affirmed that sport has an important role to play in promoting peace and development, respect for human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, especially football, given its global popularity.
Furthermore, the UN General Assembly also supported the launch of the " Healthy FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Creating Legacy for Sport and Health" partnership, as a multi-year cooperative event jointly organized by the International Football Association, the World Health Organization and the State of Qatar, with the aim of making the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a beacon to promote healthy lifestyles, physical and mental health, and psychological and social well-being.
HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani began the statement in which she presented the draft resolution to the Assembly, with two quotes from the speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during the final draw of the World Cup: held in Doha on April 1, 2022; His Highness expressed his feeling of pride and happiness from that moment until the moment the world sees that the State of Qatar fulfilled its promise to present an exceptional World Cup in the Arab world. Moreover, His Highness the Amir affirmed that the impact of this great event does not stop at the level of mere entertainment, but rather goes beyond it to higher levels: leading to rapprochement and acquaintance among the peoples of the world.
Her Excellency stressed the keenness of the State of Qatar, along with the countries participating in sponsoring the draft resolution, to coincide with the celebration of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, expressing the State of Qatar's belief in the importance of the role of sports: especially that of football, in promoting peace, security, sustainable development, and human rights as the three main pillars of the United Nations.
Furthermore, Her Excellency expressed the State of Qatar's eagerness and enthusiasm to welcome its distinguished guests from all over the world to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. She stressed that the State of Qatar will spare no effort to ensure the reception of the peoples of the world in a distinguished atmosphere, which will remain engraved in memory as an impressive experience that carries all the features of authentic Arab culture and hospitality.
Moreover, under the initiative of the State of Qatar in April 2021, the UN General Assembly also adopted by consensus March 10 as the International Day for Women Judges.
At the time, HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, said in a statement prior to the adoption of the draft resolution that Qatar confirmed that the International Day for Women Judges is an annual occasion to reaffirm the importance of women's participation in public institutions, including the judiciary. Additionally, it demonstrates the commitment of the international community to balance between the sexes in order to arrive to participatory and representative decision-making process on all levels.
As part of the UNs diverse efforts to serve societies vulnerable groups, especially children, and in recognition of Qatars efforts in this regard, the General Assembly adopted in May 2020 a resolution dedicating the ninth of September of each year an "International Day to Protect Education from Attacks," a decision called for by HH Founder of Education Above All Foundation (EAA) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It is worth mentioning that HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is an UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate. The State of Qatar mobilized international support to ensure accountability for ongoing and deliberate attacks on education and armed violence suffered by children around the world.
Resolution No. 74/275 was adopted with a consensus of 57 member states co-sponsoring it. The resolution aimed to raise awareness of the suffering of children affected by armed conflicts, as well as their urgent need for educational support. Therefore, this day will serve as an annual occasion for the international community to review progress, updated data, and commit to effective mechanisms to hold the perpetrators of these attacks accountable, ending their impunity.
Moreover, the State of Qatar has always had Arab causes and issues at the forefront of its priorities and concerns at the United Nations, based on the countrys sense of responsibility towards the Arab Nation's fateful issues, and Qatars keenness to keep Arab issues under the spotlight of the international organizations agenda.
In this context, the State of Qatar submitted numerous draft United Nations resolution on the central issue of the Arabs, the question of Palestine. An example of which took place in November of 2006, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a draft resolution on the "Illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory," submitted by the delegation of Qatar on behalf of the Arab Group.
The resolution received 156 votes in favor, seven against, and six abstentions. The resolution condemned the Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territories and called for an immediate cessation of Israeli raids and acts of violence, as well as the establishment of a fact-finding committee.
Similarly, in 2016, as the crimes committed against the Syrian people escalated, the State of Qatar and the Principality of Liechtenstein submitted a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly, which got adopted, to establish an independent and neutral international mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes committed in Syria, according to the classifications of international law.
The draft resolution received the support of 105 countries, against 15 rejections and 52 abstentions.
Furthermore, the General Assembly mandated the new mechanism to extract, collect, preserve and analyze evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, in order to prepare dossiers to facilitate and expedite the conduct of fair and independent criminal procedures in accordance with international law standards in national, regional or international courts that may have jurisdiction over these crimes in the future according to international law.
The resolution asserted the need to ensure accountability for crimes involving violations of international law, particularly international humanitarian law and international human rights law, some of which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, through appropriate investigations and trials.
Indeed, all of the State of Qatars submitted draft resolutions - or initiatives - to the United Nations, were praised by member states, due to the nature of its initiatives and draft resolutions dedicated to the service of all of humanity and ensuring world peace and security.
In February 2004, the General Assembly of the United Nations, at its 58th session, approved a draft resolution submitted by the State of Qatar under items 8 and 20 of the General Assembly's agenda entitled: "Support by the United Nations System of the efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies".
Moreover, in December of the same year, the General Assembly also approved a draft resolution submitted by Qatar on behalf of the Group of 77 and China under the title: "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family" without a vote, as it was adopted by more than 140 countries, which represented a great achievement for the State of Qatar in this forum. The adoption of the resolution came within the framework of the 59th session of the General Assembly, in celebration of the 10th international anniversary of the family.
The resolution reflected the positive results of the Doha International Conference for the Family in 2004 hosted by the State of Qatar under the patronage of HH Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, which was held on November 29-30, 2004, resulting in the Doha Declaration.
Furthermore, the resolution recommended all relevant parties, including governments, civil society, non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions, to contribute to the development of strategies and programs aimed at enhancing families' livelihoods. It also stipulated the observance of the anniversary of the International Year of the Family periodically.
In this context, the United Nations General Assembly approved in 2007, the second of April of each year, as the World Autism Awareness Day, also based on the proposal of Qatar. The purpose of this annual observance is to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life for people with autism so that they can live within their communities normally.
In addition, the UN Human Rights Council (OHCHR) adopted at the conclusion of its 29th session in July of 2015, a resolution draft by a majority of 29 votes, on "Protection of the family: contribution of the family to the realization of the right to an adequate standard of living for its members, particularly through its role in poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development.", presented by the group of "Friends of the Family", which includes the State of Qatar amongst others.
In fact, Qatar's participation in this draft resolution came as Qatar is a major founder of the Group "Friends of the Family", based on the State's interest in the issues of the family, since it is the basic unit of society, as well as a follow up to Qatars organization of the Doha International Conference for the Family in 2004 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family.
Finally, with regard to maintaining international peace and security, the State of Qatar has consistently called for making the Middle East region free of nuclear weapons. This is due to it being an essential step on the road of non-proliferation and eventually achieving the goal of complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
Moreover, the State of Qatar has asserted that the establishment of a nuclear free Middle East is a common goal to the peoples of the region, as well as the international community as a whole. In addition, the State of Qatar also expressed more than once its full support for the negotiation process on the Iranian nuclear program in order to reach a comprehensive and satisfactory settlement for all parties, whilst at the same time stressing the right of peoples to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy.