(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations H E Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani affirmed that family, as the basic unit of society, receives great attention in the social policies of the State of Qatar at the national, regional and international levels.
The country stresses the importance of family oriented social and economic policies due to their significant contributions to achieving comprehensive, feasible and sustainable social development, she added.
This came in a recorded speech by Sheikha Alya during the 42nd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs, held in Doha under the title 'The Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Multidimensional Poverty: Further Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Beyond'.
She noted the efforts and initiatives of the State of Qatar in the field of family, including hosting in 2004 the Doha International Conference on the Family under the patronage of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, which issued the Doha Declaration on the Family.
Sheikha Alya also added that the permanent delegation of Qatar to the United Nations in New York has since assumed the task of facilitating informal consultations regarding the draft resolution to proclaim the International Year of the Family, which is presented annually in the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
It refers to the recent resolution in this regard adopted by the United Nations General Assembly last November, according to which the preparations for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family were launched.
Sheikha Alya said that the State of Qatar is currently working in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to prepare to host the international conference to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Doha in 2024, which would contribute to promoting the concept of family according to the Arab and Islamic culture.
In this regard, she expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Social Development and Family for its efforts in leading the cohesive Arab family project as the guarantee of a strong and sustainable growth society.
In the context of her speech, she appreciated the Arab efforts in the field of caring for people with disabilities, referring to the issue of spreading the implementation of the Unified Arab Classification of Disability, which was adopted in Doha last June.
She expressed her keenness for the support of Their Excellencies the ministers and their participation in the State of Qatar's efforts to host the Fourth Global Disability Summit, which will be held in Doha in 2028 in cooperation with the International Disability Alliance, through which the regional achievements of the Arab region in this important field can be highlighted.
Sheikha Alya confirmed that she will continue her efforts through her presidency of the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD61) in order to add more value to the Arab role in sustainable development efforts at the international level.