Doha, 1 March 2023 (TDI): The Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari claimed that Qatar is ready to host the world leaders for Fifth United Nations (UN) Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The conference will be held in Doha from March 5-9, 2023. Dr. Ansari highlighted that Doha is a vibrant capital in terms of development, and is well-prepared to show the world its foreign policy priorities and goals.

Qatar always remained proactive in supporting the efforts of the international political and financial community in the provision of relief to the least-developed states.

Contribution of Qatar

Qatar made significant contributions to the least-developed countries in terms of finances and development. Qatar provided support of $363 million which is enough to show its interest.

He said that Qatar adopted a policy of inclusion and accommodation for all, as it is expected that around 4-5 thousand participants from abroad, and hundreds from Qatar would participate in the conference.

This conference would also accommodate several leaders and heads of government, ministers, specialists, and relevant experts.

UN National Initiative

According to this initiative, Qatar would inaugurate the UN House on 4 March which would help Qatar to enhance its work in multilateralism. Qatar is a reliable partner with the UN and its agencies and aspires to achieve collective goals.

The UN House includes 12 offices based on specialization and nature of work, including the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Additionally, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others are also included.

Istanbul Program of Action

Dr. Ansari highlighted that there would be a comprehensive valuation made of the Istanbul Program of Action.

This action plan aims to renew the partnership between least-developed countries and their development partners to overcome structural challenges, eradicate poverty & achieve internationally agreed development goals.

It also aims to empower the concerned countries to get out of the category of least-developed countries, as the conference includes a group of forums for the private sector, civil society, youth, parliamentarians, and tracks of South-South cooperation.

Doha Programme of Action

Qatar also welcomed the adoption of the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2022-2031 (DPoA). The agreement was agreed upon in 2022 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Earthquake Crisis in Turkiye and Syria

Dr. Ansari also stressed the commitment of Qatar to the provision of aid and its delivery in the earthquake-stricken Turkiye and Syria.

Qatar provided medical equipment and supplies, family tents, foodstuffs, field hospitals, ready-made housing units, and 12 field hospitals. Qatar also announced the construction and restructuring of infrastructure in Syria.

Dr. Ansari also affirmed bilateral cooperation with Egypt as the Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly visited.