(MENAFN) Qatar has a longstanding partnership and role with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals. The country has established multi-stakeholder partners such as the Doha Forum, Qatar Economic Forum, and the Global Security Forum, and is further strengthening its strategic partnership with the organization to improve human development globally.
Biplove Choudhary, Technical Representative and Head of Qatar's Office, UNDP, stated in an interview with The Peninsula that Qatar's role as a champion of multilateralism and the United Nations Development Agency creates a unique, strategic, consequential, and transformative partnership.
Qatar recently hosted the fifth United Nations (UN) conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from March 5th to March 9th, 2023, with over 9,000 participants, including high representatives, world leaders, influencers, and development partners aiming to initiate sustainable solutions in the LDCs. On the sidelines of the event, Choudhary expressed gratitude to Qatar, as the leading new strategic partner for co-investing in UNDP's core resources.
UNDP and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed agreements to work towards a mutual goal of breaking the cycle of protracted conflict and getting ahead of the crisis curve. The partnership targets deriving common Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Choudhary highlighted UNDP's celebrated partnership with the Qatar Fund for Development and the State of Qatar, which, alongside Germany, has been a co-investor in the accelerated labs, carried out in 91 locations to support over 100 countries in the span of three years.
During the LDC5 event, many countries vowed to adhere to the financial commitments of more than USD1.3bn made in the form of donations, investments, loans, and technical support by several partners, including Qatar, the European Commission, Canada, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Green Climate Fund.
Qatar announced a generous financial package of USD60m, including USD10m to support the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action and USD50m to help build resilience in the least developed countries. During the event, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner outlined three critical commitments towards the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action, which are energy and climate action, digitalization and innovation, and helping LDCs to unlock meaningful new sources of SDG finance.
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