'Qatar will remain platform for co-operation among all nations:' Sheikha Alya

'Qatar will remain platform for co-operation among all nations:' Sheikha Alya

By QLNews

Qatar has stressed that it will continue to be a platform for cooperation between all countries and parties that believe in the significance of joint international action, highlighting that it will carry on with its endeavors to support international efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

This came in a statement, delivered by Her Excellency the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, before the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General Assembly of the 76th session of the United Nations on 'Crisis, Resilience and Recovery -- Accelerating Progress towards the 2030 Agenda.’

The statement shined a spotlight on Qatar’s several measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of its citizens and residents.

The country’s investment in technology, science and innovation led to decreasing the impact of the pandemic and shifting to distance learning smoothly without any hindrances.

Qatar did not hesitate to continue its leading role in humanitarian work and was supportive of international efforts to combat the pandemic with contributions that exceeded $140 million, the statement pointed out.

Qatar signed a $10 million basic contribution agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the organization in its efforts to combat COVID-19 in the countries most impacted by the pandemic.

The statement also drew attention to the role of Qatar Airways, which succeeded in transporting a large number of passengers and repatriating them at a time when the pandemic posed unprecedented challenges to the global aviation sector.

Qatar Airways has also played an active role in transporting food aid and anti-epidemic requirements to dozens of countries around the world, it added.

The statement indicated that Qatar was a pioneer in allocating a $20 million multi-year contribution to support the UNDP Accelerator Lab, as Qatar is a founding investor for these laboratories.

Additionally, the statement expressed Qatar's pride in hosting the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in Doha from Jan 23 to 27, 2022. The preparatory process for the conference is moving ahead as intended despite the many obstacles imposed by the pandemic, the statement said.

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