The State of Qatar stressed that the difficult conditions and challenges that the world is going through today due to COVID-19 pandemic and its threat to undermine development gains made in the field of human rights highlight the need to strengthen international cooperation, and require continuous commitment to the principle of cooperation and joint assumption of responsibilities, especially by effective and rapid response to the needs and priorities of developing countries, in particular the least developed countries.
This came in State of Qatar’s statement delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva Jawhara Al Suwaidi, at the Human Rights Council, during the Social Forum 2021.
Al Suwaidi praised holding this social forum and stressed the importance that the State of Qatar attaches to it in view of the important role it plays in discussing vital and important issues.
Dedicating the topic of this year’s social forum to discuss the challenges of combating COVID-19 pandemic, and the good practices and lessons learned during this pandemic, comes as a real addition to support the efforts made by all concerned parties to confront the repercussions of this pandemic, from which we hope the world will recover soon, she said.
Convinced that addressing international challenges, especially health pandemics, can only be achieved through international cooperation and solidarity, the State of Qatar has sought, since the beginning of the crisis, to mitigate its effects by providing various types of international aids that have benefited more than 80 countries in the world. The support provided was not limited to Qatari government agencies, but extended to include many charitable institutions and non-governmental institutions, as Qatar Charity provided aid to UNICEF and the High Commissioner for Refugees, Qatar’s Deputy Permanent Representative United Nations Office in Geneva added.
In pursuit of these efforts, the State of Qatar has participated in launching many international initiatives, the most important of which is the Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security to combat COVID-19 pandemic and Group of Friends of the Facility for Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, known as ‘COVAX’, as well as working with the United Nations Development Program in Innovation Lab to devise solutions to address the negative consequences of the pandemic, especially in developing countries.
Qatar also supported efforts related to equal access to vaccines for all in an accessible and equitable manner without any discrimination, and it gave support to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the COVAX and the World Health Organization and the humanitarian initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable groups, she noted.
Al Suwaidi expressed Qatar’s keenness for the success of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, which will be hosted in Doha during January 23 to 27, 2022, and for it to be an opportunity to strengthen the capacities of the least developed countries to confront the challenges due to the pandemic on the least developed countries, as well as respond to the social, economic and health impacts and restore their resilience and recovery.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs