Head Of Advocacy Of UN-OHRLLS Commends Qatar's Support For Ldcs


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: Head of Advocacy and Outreach Office of the High Representative for the Lease Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) Conor O'Loughlin valued the efforts made by the State of Qatar to make the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) a success, starting from the slogan 'From Potential to Prosperity,' and ending with the offer made by Qatar, which includes a financing package worth $60m to help the least developed countries (LDCs) achieve some of their goals and fulfil some of their obligations.

In an exclusive statement with Qatar News Agency (QNA), O'Loughlin affirmed that the conference has been very productive since its inception, as the host country has announced allocating $60m on the first day of the conference, while Germany announced a package worth 200 million euros. Finland announced a new project with the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries in a new series of conferences between academics and politicians to make sure policy makers are integrating research, data and new ideas into development, while Canada has presented a climate project in Burkina Faso with a value of $25m, he added.

In this context, Head of Advocacy and Outreach Office of the High Representative for LDCs expressed the UN-OHRLLS' gratitude for the generosity of the State of Qatar, pointing out that Qatar has proven - through the first few days of the conference, the extent of its commitment to supporting the LDCs and harnessing what is available to help and support LDCs.

O'Loughlin noted that the Doha Program of Action shows wisdom, explaining that it takes into account what happens to LDCs in a moment of crisis.

“We are gathered here in Doha later than we were supposed to, and the only advantage we have is that the Doha Program of Action was negotiated in the middle of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which means that the lessons we have learned from the pandemic or at least from the experiences of the pandemic have been incorporated into those under this program,” he said.

“There is a resilience-building mechanism that will help LDCs overcome COVID-19, as they are still struggling through this pandemic, but also help strengthen their defences against future pandemics and future disasters that are increasingly coming from climate change and other shocks,” he added.

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