Qatar sup­ports part­ner­ships to ad­dress dis­as­ters

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

HE the Min­is­ter of State for Foreign Af­fairs Sul­tan bin Saad al-Mu­raikhi af­firmed Qatar’s keen­ness to con­tinue ef­forts ex­erted by other Arab and African coun­tries by work­ing to­gether in order to ad­dress the dan­gers of dis­as­ters fac­ing hu­man­ity and to pre­pare plans ac­cord­ingly.

In a state­ment be­fore the Arab-African Plat­form on Disaster Risk Re­duc­tion in Tu­nis, HE alMu­raikhi ex­pressed Qatar’s sup­port for the plat­form’s fi­nal dec­la­ra­tion, stress­ing that Qatar will spare no ef­fort to build re­gional and in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships to con­front what threat­ens “our peo­ples, now and in the fu­ture”. “This em­anates from the be­lief that de­vel­op­ment is a right for all and rep­re­sents an added value that must be pre­served for the pros­per­ity of hu­mankind,” he said.

He said that Qatar looked for­ward to see­ing co-or­di­na­tion and co-op­er­a­tion, work­ing to­gether to re­duce the neg­a­tive ef­fects of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies on hu­man life, pop­u­la­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment, na­tional economies and so­cial con­di­tions in gen­eral, and min­imis­ing disaster losses by pro­mot­ing the con­cept of pre­pared­ness and re­sponse as an in­te­gral part of na­tional de­vel­op­ment plans.

HE al-Mu­raikhi em­pha­sised that disaster re­sponse re­quired a re­newed ef­fort to re­spond to new and emerg­ing risks, adding, “We have adopted the Sendai frame­work, which re­placed the 2005-2015 Hyogo Frame­work for Disaster Risk Re­duc­tion. The new frame­work for 2015-2030 will con­tinue and re­quires in­ter­na­tional and re­gional co-op­er­a­tion.”

The Min­is­ter of State for Foreign Af­fairs stressed that Qatar at­taches great im­por­tance to the is­sues of sus­tain­able hu­man de­vel­op­ment as it is one of the pil­lars of its na­tional vi­sion. “Pre­par­ing and ad­dress­ing the dan­gers of man-made or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters is one of the most im­por­tant ways to pre­serve na­tional achieve­ments and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

He said Qatar sup­ports the Sendai frame­work for disaster risk re­duc­tion 2015-2030 and its seven com­mon ob­jec­tives, point­ing out that Qatar has en­acted the nec­es­sary laws and reg­u­la­tions and estab­lished in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments such as the Per­ma­nent Com­mit­tee for Emer­gency, which over­sees the ur­ban and civil ex­pan­sion in line with all the stan­dards of se­cu­rity and safety at global lev­els, in ad­di­tion to in­vest­ing in qual­i­fied personnel to work in the fields of res­cue, de­vel­op­ment and relief for safety for all who re­side on its land.

Al-Mu­raikhi added that Qatar has estab­lished a stand­ing com­mit­tee for res­cue and relief op­er­a­tions and hu­man­i­tar­ian aids for ar­eas af­flicted by catas­tro­phes in broth­erly and friendly coun­tries. “Qatar has en­acted the laws of hu­man­i­tar­ian and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and donor in­sti­tu­tions, which di­rect sup­port and relief to all coun­tries af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or con­flict-stricken and civil wars ar­eas.”

He pointed out that Qatar had a his­tory of sup­port­ing the ef­forts of States in co-op­er­a­tion with the UN and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies to help over­come th­ese cat­a­strophic ef­fects, in­clud­ing in the Arab re­gion and the African con­ti­nent.

The Min­is­ter of State for Foreign Af­fairs high­lighted that Qatar pro­vides gen­er­ous as­sis­tance, and is un­der­tak­ing its role as an ac­tive and re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to bridge South-South co-op­er­a­tion and the rest of the world, and it is recog­nised as a lead­ing donor to de­vel­op­ment fi­nanc­ing.

On be­half of Qatar and the par­tic­i­pat­ing del­e­ga­tion, he wel­comed the adop­tion of the Arab co-or­di­nat­ing mech­a­nism for disaster risk re­duc­tion and es­tab­lish­ment of the spe­cial fund for disaster risk re­duc­tion by the Arab plat­form for disaster risk re­duc­tion.

HE the Min­is­ter of State for Foreign Af­fairs Sul­tan bin Saad al-Mu­raikhi speak­ing at an event.

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