Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Affirms Qatar's Commitment to Support Least Developed Countries

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Affirms Qatar's Commitment to Support Least Developed Countries

Doha / Information Office / July 16  

HE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater, affirmed the State of Qatar's commitment to work with its full force to support the least developed countries (LDC's) in implementing an ambitious, comprehensive and forward-looking program of work supporting human dignity and achieving sustainable development goals.

This came in her Excellencys speech during the virtual event on the sidelines of the 2021 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), under the theme 'Building back better to realize the SDGs in LDCs: Accelerating action to achieve inclusive, sustainable, resilient recovery - approaches on the road to the LDC5 conference in Doha'.

Her Excellency said: "I greet you from Qatar, the host country of the upcoming 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, in which a new program of work for the decade 2021-2030 will be adopted, an occasion that provides an ideal opportunity to stimulate transformation measures to overcome the challenges faced by the least developed and Landlocked Developing Countries by 2030, it is the year in which we committed ourselves to deliver on our promise to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals."

Her Excellency pointed out that it is said that the least developed countries are our battleground to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality, fight hunger and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Her Excellency added that when everyone raced to achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the pandemic has hampered some of the progress that has been made. With this setback, many will fall short of the goals set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, challenging our commitment to leaving no one behind. In times like these, the values of solidarity, pluralism and collective action across borders in the face of global challenges must be the new rules that must be upheld, strengthened and continually mobilized.

Her Excellency said that everyone learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crisis knows no boundaries. Hence, everyone must act today to prepare for tomorrow. "Now is the moment, to design bold actions and invest in building the resilience of individuals and communities to overcome the long-term development challenges and prepare better for future crisis. We will strive to realize the sustainable development goals ambitions and work hand in hand to put together a strengthened framework to support LDCs," Her Excellency added.

HE Al-Kahter called to remember that developing countries represent a huge human potential full of extraordinary hopes. It is important that people are at the center of attention because they have the knowledge and understand the problems, not to mention the young people, who represent nearly 90 percent of the largest generation of young people living in LDC's .

Her Excellency added that countries have endless potential to drive effective solutions and promote social progress and everyone must strengthen our partnerships, work together and exploit this potential for the benefit of all humanity.

HE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked everyone for discussing the legislation of measures to achieve the sustainable development goals in the least developed countries.

Her Excellency concluded by saying that as the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries is approaching, Qatar is pleased to welcome everyone to attend this important event. The State of Qatar is committed to working with all to support LDC's in implementing an ambitious, comprehensive, forward-looking, human-centered program of work that does not leave anyone behind, supports human dignity and achieves the Sustainable Development Goals, adding that all countries will continue to strive to realize these ambitions and work hand in hand for an enhanced framework to support LDC's and landlocked developing countries.