The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society and are embodied in SDG17. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.
Recent years have seen a large increase in cooperation and partnerships with UN entities. Last September 2018, H.H. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani announced at the UN General Assembly the strong commitment this country shows towards the UN. This broad strategy set out by H.H. the Emir has been strongly echoed by H.E. the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani who at the Doha Forum in December 2019 stood alongside the UN Secretary-General and signed agreements totalling $500m over the next 5 years for UN agencies. In November 2019, the State of Qatar announced $63million in core contributions to the United Nations. Whether supporting Syrians in need during the harsh winter months, helping Palestinian refugees get much needed fuel, quickly responding to cyclone-hit Southern Africa, Qatar stands tall amongst those nations leading the global humanitarian response. Qatar’s leaders have announced the strong desire to work with the United Nations and it has reached every organisation in the country. Qatar Fund for Development supports all UN agencies and that connection is growing. As is the work between the UN and local entities such as Education Above All, Silatech, Qatar Charity and Qatar Financial Centre.
To mark UN Day, Secretary-General António Guterres has announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global converesation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.
Representatives from within Qatar will look back on past and present activities undertaken by Qatar and the UN and what we can learn from those efforts in preparation for the forward looking UN75 starting in January 2020. In a world of dramatic changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realise a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday.