- International cooperation at the national level plays a pivotal role in many areas, including the strengthening of international cooperation aimed at establishing and upgrading the capacities of national institutions, which will have a long-term impact on improving the implementation of international conventions and other resolutions of the United Nations and its specialized agencies and regional organizations in the socio- economic, environmental and security fields; updating statistical systems and providing indicators needed to measure progress in the implementation of national and international development goals, human rights issues, transparency and fighting corruption; and providing international expertise and technical cooperation and best practices for the ministries and government departments. This in turn is meant to contribute to developing institutional structures and forging partnerships with international organizations such as the United Nations and international and global bodies, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund; specialized international organizations and specialized United Nations agencies such as the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); regional bodies and commissions such as the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), the statistical and population divisions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), the Arab Planning Institute, and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) to enable these bodies to play a catalytic role in the national development process and in the implementation of the objectives of the Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022) and carry out their projects timely and with professionalism.
- International cooperation contributes to establishing international and regional partnerships related to energy, water and environmental protection; building, training and rehabilitating national human capacities to contribute creatively to the development process; providing technical and logistical support to international NGOs and civil society organizations in order to enable them assume an important position and play an advanced role in assisting the public and private sectors to achieve their strategic objectives; establishing academic and research partnerships with many international universities, research centers concerned with computer, energy, environment, biomedical, social, information technology and humanities research; and providing technical, material and moral support to the researchers working in the state, and scholarships to many students from Arab, Muslim, low-income and conflict-stricken countries.
- The Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022) gives the State of Qatar an opportunity to strategically highlight its very important contribution to the global partnership for development, including substantial humanitarian and development assistance. Qatar's strategy for international cooperation supports the implementation of the objective of enhancing the process of achieving further economic and social development in low-income countries in line with the global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also supports the global partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development, inequality reduction, economic development and environmental sustainability, and welcomes the contributions of all relevant partners, including the private sector, non-governmental organizations, charity organizations, academia, research centers and the civil society to the partnership envisaged in the implementation of the decisions and outcomes of the international and regional conferences, summits and reviews of the United Nations in the economic, social, environmental and related fields, particularly for achieving the internationally agreed and mutually beneficial development goals. Qatar National Vision 2030 states that Qatar is a responsible member of the international community, and contributes to global peace and security through political initiatives and development and humanitarian assistance. Qatar's active participation in technical cooperation in the development and humanitarian fields, and in identifying thematic areas of focus, and priority states is conducive to the creation of societies where social justice prevails and that are less vulnerable to armed conflict. It is worth noting that the State of Qatar is also very much interested in the global sustainable development goals 11 and 16 on the establishment of safe, integrated and peaceful societies.
Summary of sectoral challenges and actions to address them
- Limited coordination of international cooperation initiatives between ministries, government institutions, private sector and civil society organizations, in line with the development policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Poor use of the resources provided by United Nations, regional and international organizations from the partnership opportunities and participation in high-level positions, training, knowledge and technology fellowships.
- Activate an interactive information system on partnerships that provide information on opportunities for institutional and human capacity development at the national level.
- Limited use of the diplomatic missions of the State in promoting development projects and opportunities provided by the State in terms of development and humanitarian assistance.
- Currently there is no effective mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of initiatives to identify the successes and quality of partnership and technical cooperation.
- Fragility of political stability and a very weak capacity in many countries receiving humanitarian assistance are losing the ability to implement sustainable humanitarian and development programs
- Poor use of means of communication in promoting effective and sustainable national and international technical cooperation
- The change in the volume of financial resources allocated to development assistance, particularly from the State to non-profit organizations and civil society organizations, makes the stakeholders lose capacity to plan for sustainable technical partnership and cooperation initiatives.
To meet the challenges, the international cooperation strategy will adopt many initiatives that will contribute to addressing the challenges and providing the appropriate environment in order to enable the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners to promote action on national and international development, by encouraging institutions, ministries and national organizations to coordinate more closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate development initiatives and international relations in an integrated and targeted manner to achieve consistency in the international activity of all sectors of the State, and contribute in the awareness of the United Nations organizations work and their functions, by increasing the number of meetings and training courses organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for representatives of ministers and stakeholders, and asking all students to report on the conferences they attend and the procedures to be taken and to keep them available to all concerned in order to build institutional memory. And to nominate country experts to occupy centers or posts in United Nations organizations and specialized agencies.
The Sector will also seek to build an interactive information system that will include detailed information on United Nations organizations, specialized agencies, international and regional organizations and the projects they manage, with a view to make use of institutional and human capacity-building opportunities and building multiple partnerships in national development projects, in particular the Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022) and Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, in addition to promote the use of diplomatic missions to develop international interaction at the scientific, cultural, commercial and educational levels, to seek effective partnerships for the benefit of peoples and to build friendships for the benefit of the parties involved, and the international community's definition of Qatar's development achievements, and the role played by the State of Qatar in resolving conflicts and establishing interaction between religions and civilizations.
Development of a system for monitoring and evaluating the services of partnerships and international cooperation, the establishment of management surveys to measure the customer satisfaction survey, compliance with performance indicators in the implementation of related projects, and the training and rehabilitation of relief workers in conflict and disaster Good service for the needy under the difficult circumstances under which they operate, and make the most of the local and international media in writing and promoting the second national development strategy (2018-2022), in general and the strategy of international cooperation in particular, and to provide foreign media with information and reports on progress in Qatar. Use social media to create community interaction, and make efforts to secure sufficient financial resources to fund projects of interest, whether from government resources, donations or contributions from civil society. Investment projects may be required to provide sustainable resources for humanitarian and regional relief work in many conflict, disasters and vulnerable areas. as well as developing partnerships with donor countries, organizations and associations.