Saturday, 20 July 2019 11:39 GMT

Qatar- QFC supports UN agencies in addressing global issues

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has announced its support and collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy during its annual Ramadan Suhoor event recently.

The collaboration will see the QFC facilitate the increased mobilisation of the private sector on key global humanitarian issues, as well as assist with the promotion of these challenges in order to increase awareness among the greater business community.

This comes following the QFC's participation at the Global Humanitarian Action Alliance in Davos, Switzerland, as well as at a private sector engagement event which was recently organised in Doha by the Qatar Chamber.

The first initiative to result from this collaboration is the QFC's support and promotion of the ‘Hope for Gaza' initiative, which is organised by the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and Qatari Composer Dana Al Fardan.

The campaign aims to mobilise financial resources during the holy month of Ramadan to support the services provided by UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. The QFC has created a dedicated webpage to encourage contributions to this important humanitarian initiative.

Held under the theme ‘Unity in Diversity', the QFC's Ramadan Suhoor event emphasised the importance, extent, and impact of its social investment programmes and how socially responsible business practices can impact global humanitarian issues and the ever-increasing need for greater engagement by the private sector in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The event was attended by Al Meraikhi, Ali Hassan Al Hammadi, Secretary General of Qatar Red Crescent, and Al Fardan. Representatives from key UN agencies, QFC firms, the media, and other key stakeholders were also in attendance.

Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida, Chief Executive Officer at QFC said: 'We are honoured to work with the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy. By engaging with businesses licensed on the QFC's platform, together we can shed light on some of the most pressing humanitarian issues facing people around the world today, and work towards activating the private sector in addressing these pressing concerns.

Also speaking at the event, Dr Al Meraikhi said: 'I am grateful to QFC and Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida for his continued support to the United Nations and bringing the private sector closer to engaging on the humanitarian response to help more than 132m people in need.

'We are all in this together. The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 SDGs, is universal and it calls for action to ensure no one is left behind. This means mobilising all resources; technology development, financial resources, capacity building and dynamic multi-stakeholder partnerships to deliver effectiveness and impact.

Al Hammadi added: 'For NGOs, financial and corporate organisations are the first and foremost source of financial, in-kind, and logistic support. They play a key role in delivering the humanitarian aid to beneficiaries everywhere, reflecting their firm belief in partnership and corporate social responsibility.

Al Fardan also said: 'I am incredibly honoured to be part of this important and needed initiative. Spending time in Jordan has shown me the amount of difficulties that Palestinians face on daily basis. It's the duty of every Arab and every Qatari to stand by them and support them through this time of critical need. I do hope that during the Holy Month of Ramadan we make a conscious choice to support the right cause.


Qatar- QFC supports UN agencies in addressing global issues

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