Qatar Concerned About Aid Reduction to Least Developed Countries

New York, October 18 (QNA) – Qatar has voiced its concern about the significant reduction in aid flows to the least developed countries (LDCs), with the size of development challenge facing these countries not just a matter related to the new global economic environment that followed the financial crisis, but is also an issue to be understood in line with economic and social long-term trends.
 The remarks were made by  Maha Mohammed Al-Maadadi, member of Qatar’s delegation participating in the Second Committee of the 67th UN General Assembly on the item (23 a), titled “Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on LDCs.”
 Al-Maadadi noted in her speech that the importance of discussing the implementation of the program of the decade 2011 2020 for the LDCs lies in the fact that it comes in the context of the massive emerging global challenges and their impacts on LDCs, as a result of the deterioration of the international financial crisis that led to slower growth and lower exports rates.
 She also noted that these countries continue to suffer from constant marginalization in the global economy.
 Speaking of Qatar’s efforts in terms of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, Al-Maadadi said that Qatar has consistently allocated 0.7 percent of its total national income for official development assistance, and has also offered aid through bilateral means and through the United Nations and its specialized agencies. She added that Qatar has donated $10 million for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in addition to bilateral assistance and relief aid provided at emergencies and disasters.
 The Qatari official highlighted her country’s mediation to bring peace to Darfur, which culminated in July 2011 by the adoption of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) as an important step in the peace process.
 In order to support the development reconstruction efforts in the region, Al-Maadadi said concluding her speech that HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani  had announced in 2010 the establishment of the Darfur Development Bank (DDB) with a capital of $2 billion and an open door for interested countries and organizations who wish to contribute to the acceleration of development in Darfur. (QNA)

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