Qatar highlights challenges posed by armed conflicts and natural disasters
New York [US], September 17: The State of Qatar highlighted the various, mounting, and unprecedented challenges facing the world, arising from armed conflicts and natural disasters such as climate change, earthquakes, floods, and Coronavirus which spawn full-dimensional catastrophic humanitarian crises across the world, pointing to the tremendous amount of humanitarian needs the international community must respond to.
This came in a statement delivered by Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations HE SheikhaAlya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani before the Security Council's open debate on advancing public-private humanitarian partnerships within the framework of maintaining international peace and security at the UN headquarters in New York.
Her Excellency touched on the role of the State of Qatar in providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by humanitarian disasters and crises, as well as development assistance to consolidate peace, and stability and achieve sustainable development, especially in developed countries, least developed countries, countries affected by crises and countries that are emerging from crises, inconsistent with its role as a responsible and active member of the international community.
She pointed out that, in the past week, the State of Qatar was the first country that sent hundreds of tonnes of urgent humanitarian assistance by air to the flood-affected brothers in Libya, and few days before that, it sent urgent humanitarian assistance to the earthquake-affected brothers in Morocco, in addition to relief shipments that were sent to brothers in Sudan this year, as well as the support the State of Qatar had provided to brothers in Syria and Turkiye due to the devastating earthquake there.
Her Excellency said that the State of Qatar exerted tremendous efforts during the past two years to improve the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. This includes the rapid establishment of air bridges to transport tens of thousands of Afghan people and foreign nationals through Doha and ensuring their hosting, and providing special education opportunities for Afghan girls, as well as rehabilitating the airport in Kabul to facilitate the movement of persons and humanitarian assistance.
She affirmed that in light of countering a multitude of global challenges, the joint responsibility of the United Nations and member states is to explore and take advantage of all available means to bridge the gap in the level of humanitarian response and strengthen its efficiency.
Therefore, the inherent transformative abilities of the private sector cannot be reduced since the private sector is one of the fundamental stakeholders in providing urgent humanitarian assistance or development assistance, in addition to advancing the communities that face disasters, crises and social, economic, and environmental challenges.
She outlined that the private sector is primarily part and parcel of the community, which is affected by everything that happens to it, and in return, it can effectively influence the community, and contribute to bolstering inclusiveness, engagement, and flexibility.
Source: Qatar Tribune