Al Wakrah Municipality wins UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021
Qatar’s Al Wakrah Municipality won the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021, outperforming over 60 cities around the world and becoming the first Gulf city to achieve this recognition.
The country’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) yesterday celebrated this prestigious win, which was announced at the Fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in South Korea recently.
The award comes after Al Wakrah City implemented its strategy to transform into a sustainable city by incorporating solar-powered lighting projects and running awareness-raising campaigns on sustainability all through the year.
In addition to this, Al Wakrah City also achieved the fourth sustainable development goal, "Quality Education" to serve the 11th goal, which is "Building sustainable societies" based on the State's strategy in providing learning opportunities for all and global indicators of the quality of education.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) celebrated Al Wakrah Municipality winning the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021, outperforming more than 60 cities around the world. #QNA https://t.co/7yhE1xorNFhttps://t.co/J2c4ZEjjVI pic.twitter.com/u164VwTuqj
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) celebrated Al Wakrah Municipality winning the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021, outperforming more than 60 cities around the world. #QNA https://t.co/7yhE1xorNFhttps://t.co/J2c4ZEjjVI pic.twitter.com/u164VwTuqj— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) November 7, 2021
The municipality also relied on the country’s legislative and social environment, involving the elderly and marginalized groups in the sustainable development process, highlighting the role of women in Qatari society, achieving justice in creating a sustainable society, engaging the young generation in developing solutions to environmental problems and preserving them from pollution and carbon emissions, and informing international and regional bodies of its sustainable development strategy achievements.
Assistant Undersecretary for Municipal Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality Mansour Abdullah Al Mahmoud praised Al Wakrah Municipality's achievement, stressing that it is a victory for Qatar and all the municipalities in the country.
He explained that work is underway to prepare files for the municipalities of Al Shamal and Al Shahaniya to receive the same award in the next edition in 2023 after they joined the UNESCO Network for Learning Cities.
Director of Public Affairs at Al Wakrah Municipality Abdulhadi Khamis Al Abdulrahman said that winning the award came as a result of great efforts that continued for years of work to serve the sustainable development goals and in pursuit of Qatar National Vision 2030, which made Al Wakrah Municipality show progress in developing the learning cities plan, mobilizing resources and involving all private and governmental sectors in this process.
He emphasized that winning the award means that the municipality has a great responsibility to continue the efforts to upgrade the educational system in line with the country’s vision, focusing on one of its main pillars ‘education’ as a key element in human development.
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