(MENAFN- Gulf Times) HE Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater presented part of Qatar's initiatives to protect children in armed conflicts during a regional meeting on preventing grave violations against children in armed conflicts, hosted by Doha Sunday via videoconferencing technology.
In a speech during the meeting's second session titled "Regional best practices on preventing grave violations against children in armed conflicts", she said Qatar is proud of its experience in mediation to resolve armed conflicts by peaceful means in accordance with the principles of justice and international law. Qatar was able to end many armed conflicts and achieve peace, and it continues this role in other armed conflicts, she added.
Qatar, she said, is also proud that it initiated the submission of a draft resolution to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly entitled "International Day to Protect Educational Institutions from Attacks". The draft resolution stipulates that September 9 of each year be considered a global day to protect education from attacks, and urges the international community to alleviate the ordeal of students affected by armed conflict. The draft resolution was adopted unanimously and the day was marked on September 9, 2022 for the third year.
She referred to Qatar's partnerships with regional organisations and many international partners to enhance the protection of children affected by conflict.
In a related context, she referred to the Education Above All Foundation initiative Educate a Child which provided education to 10mn children in developing countries affected by armed conflict, and the Women in Conflict Zones Initiative 2022 launched by the Qatar Fund for Development with the aim of supporting and empowering women and girls in the regions that witness conflicts and wars around the world.
HE AlKhater also referred to the Quest initiative launched by the Qatar Fund for Development to support Syrians affected by the conflict inside and outside Syria in 2016.
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