Qatar has reiterated its commitment to actively contribute to international efforts to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development, pointing out that it has not failed to provide support to the efforts of many countries and international organisations to confront the global health crisis.
HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani in a statement at the general discussions of the Third Committee of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly said Qatar was keen to take the necessary measures to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, within a perspective that respects, promotes human rights of citizens and residents in Qatar alike, focusing on the groups most affected by the pandemic and its consequences, including the elderly, women, children, and persons with disabilities.
It singled out the category of migrant workers, as the necessary precautions were taken to protect them by providing vaccines, occupational safety and health conditions, and establishing control and accountability systems for employers.
It also pointed out that Qatar is now ranked second in the world in terms of the percentage of the population that has received one dose of Covid-19 vaccination and fifth in the world in terms of the proportion of the population that has been fully vaccinated.
It noted in its response, its observance for the special needs of women, to protect them and ensure their effective and safe participation in the response efforts, referring to the decision of the part-time system in government institutions recently approved by the Council of Ministers, which would empower working women by providing more flexibility in working to achieve a balance between work and family responsibilities.
The statement pointed out Qatar's emphasis on the importance of supporting the draft resolution submitted under the item of social development on "preparations for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2024", about which the State of Qatar is facilitating consultations on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
The statement of the State of Qatar also stressed the importance of implementing the General Assembly resolution 75/275 submitted by Qatar, entitled "International Day of Women Judges", expressing the State's aspiration to revive the first International Day of Women Judges on March 10, 2022, which would contribute to promoting the full participation of women on an equal basis with men at all levels of the judiciary.
On this occasion, the statement called on member states to support the draft resolution submitted by Qatar, Brazil and Spain under the item of social development on "dealing with the challenges faced by people with rare diseases and their families."
In 2020 Qatar provided more than $140mn, which was allocated to contribute to strengthening capacities to respond to the pandemic and its effects, find and develop vaccines and ensure equitable access to them, especially in countries that are in dire need of assistance.
The statement expressed Qatar's aspiration to open soon the UN House in Doha, which will house the offices of many UN bodies and make it the capital of international multilateral action in the region, including a Unicef office, and a centre for analysis and communication of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.