Qatar to continue efforts to resolve disputes peacefully

 09 Sep 2017 - 4:07

Qatar to continue efforts to resolve disputes peacefully
H E Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani

QNA

New York:  The State of Qatar has affirmed that nothing will stop it from its approach and policy, which enjoy the support of the international community, and that it will continue to fulfil its legal and moral obligations to help needy people, work with its partners in the international community to meet common challenges and continue its efforts to resolve disputes by Peaceful means, despite the unilateral measures it faces in imposing an illegal land, sea and air siege.

This came in the State of Qatar’s statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations H E Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani before the High-level forum on the culture of peace at United Nations Headquarters yesterday.

Ambassador H E Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani said that as part of the international community’s commitment to the Declaration and Program of Action on the Culture of Peace, we must acknowledge the efforts and the achievements made in the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence. We must also recognise that the path towards achieving and spreading the culture of peace in the world is not free of obstacles and challenges that can not be overcome without cooperation and cooperation between Member States, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the academic sector and the business sector, she added.

In this regard, she praised the inclusion of dissemination of the culture of peace in the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030, particularly the 16th goal, pointing that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to it.
She added that as part of the State of Qatar’s relentless efforts to promote peace and understanding among peoples and to promote values of tolerance and cooperation between cultures and faiths, the country has established several national institutions that promote the culture of peace, acceptance of the other, the fight against violent extremism and renouncing violence, and play an active role in spreading the of peace at the national, regional and international levels.

She pointed out that the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue actively contributes to efforts of combating extremism and hatred and to building bridges of cooperation and understanding between followers of different religions. The Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Center, established by the state in Copenhagen, Denmark, also contributes to international efforts to promote peaceful co-existence among religions, she said adding that the State of Qatar is among the leading countries that support the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which plays an active role in promoting the culture of peace.

In the context of international efforts to combat violent extremism and terrorism, Sheikh Alia said that the State of Qatar adopts a cooperative approach and addresses the root causes of violent extremism, particularly among youth by focusing on education, being one of the most important means to build strongholds of peace in the minds of future generations. She added that Qatar has established many institutions and launched many initiatives in the field of education at the national, regional and international levels, especially in areas plagued by conflicts and war, such as the World Summit for Innovation in Education WISE, the Syrian Education and Training Initiative (QUEST), the Education for All, and the Educate a Child program. The State of Qatar is also working on capacity building and empowerment of local communities, providing employment and training, strengthening the economy and encouraging dialogue in addition to embracing tolerance, fighting extremism and renouncing sectarian and ethnic discrimination.

Ambassador Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani said that as part of the State of Qatar’s contribution to the international efforts to prevent conflicts and mediation, the State has adopted a clear policy aimed at preventing and resolving armed conflicts by peaceful means. She explained that the State of Qatar has made great efforts to resolve disputes through mediation at the request of the parties concerned, based on the Charter of the United Nations and the principle of dialogue as an alternative approach to resolving disputes between the parties. These efforts have yielded satisfactory results for all parties and have been welcomed by international community.

It was pointed out that taking unilateral measures instead of resorting to dialogue for resolving differences between States, did not serve the efforts to promote the culture of peace which is based on mutual respect and dialogue to settle differences and adversely affected UN efforts to promote peace in the world.

Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, reiterated Qatar’s commitment to implement the Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace and to continue to support all efforts at the national, regional and international levels to promote a culture of peace and non-violence. For the benefit of all humankind.