Doha, 6 March 2023 (TDI): Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar participated in a workshop, related to Doha Conference “Qatar and the Least Developed Countries”.

The workshop was organized by the Center for International Policy Research, with the participation of several specialists and researchers, on the occasion of the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that is held in Doha.

Qatar’s Developmental & Humanitarian Assistance

In the workshop, the developmental and humanitarian assistance of Qatar was reviewed, which it gave to the least developed countries.

Moreover, Qatar’s contributions to issues of disaster relief, and conflict resolution as major obstacles to the prosperity of the least developed countries (LDCs) were also discussed in the workshop.

Dr. Majed further discussed certain initiatives and results that are expected to be announced at the conference. These would help to address the challenges of the least developed countries (LDCs).

Doha Program Action

The Doha Program of Action is an ambitious document that aims to make a model for a development compact to support sustainable development in the least developed countries (LDCs).

Dr. Majed explained that the Doha Program of Action covers six key areas of action that include, investing in people in the least developed countries, harnessing the power of science, and technology and innovation to address the multidimensional vulnerability.

It further includes achieving sustainable development goals, supporting structural transformation as an engine for prosperity, and promoting the participation of the least developed countries in international trade and regional integration.

Similarly, supporting countries that are facing climate change and environmental degradation, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, building resilience to future shocks for risk-informed sustainable development, mobilizing international solidarity, & revitalizing global partnerships and innovative tools and mechanisms are also included.

Dr. Majed also discussed other goals of the Doha Program that would enable fifteen additional LDCs to achieve graduation standards and double the shares of exports and aid for trade exchange with these countries.

He also highlighted that the Doha Conference is a sign of strength and resilience commitment to the 46 weakest countries around the world.

This would contribute to their sustainable growth, prosperity, stability, security, and peace at the global and regional levels, in a way that achieves 2030 Agenda targets.

Dr. Majed also pointed out that the State of Qatar is pursuing its humanitarian diplomacy, which includes elements of humanitarian and development policies, mediation, and conflict resolution methods.

This humanitarian diplomacy is considered a major player in working for the future of the least developed countries (LDCs) over the decade and further.