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Posted On: 26 May 2019 05:48 am
Updated On: 3 March 2020 11:57 am

QFC Supports UN Agencies in Addressing Global Humanitarian Issues

Leena Chung
Leena Chung
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The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) announced its support and collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy during its annual Ramadan Suhoor event. The collaboration will see the QFC facilitate the increased mobilisation of the private sector on key global humanitarian issues, as well as assist with the promotion of these challenges in order to increase awareness among the greater business community.

This comes following the QFC's participation at the Global Humanitarian Action Alliance in Davos, Switzerland, as well as at a private sector engagement event which was recently organised in Doha by the Qatar Chamber. The first initiative to result from this collaboration is the QFC's support and promotion of the 'Hope for Gaza' initiative, which is organised by the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi; the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS); the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and Qatari Composer Dana Al Fardan.

The campaign aims to mobilise financial resources during the holy month of Ramadan to support the services provided by UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. The QFC has created a dedicated webpage to encourage contributions to this important humanitarian initiative. Held under the theme 'Unity in Diversity', the QFC's Ramadan Suhoor event emphasised the importance, extent, and impact of its social investment programmes and how socially responsible business practices can impact global humanitarian issues and the ever-increasing need for greater engagement by the private sector in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The event was attended by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi, UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy; Ali Hassan Al Hammadi, Secretary General, Qatar Red Crescent; and Dana Al Fardan, Qatari Composer. Representatives from key UN agencies, QFC firms, the media, and other key stakeholders were also in attendance. Chief Executive Officer of QFC Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida said: "We are honoured to work with the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy. This collaboration comes in light of the QFC's previous engagements with the office of HE Dr Al Meraikhi, both in Davos earlier this year and last month in Doha, and we remain confident that our work together will lead to actionable and effective outcomes."

Al Jaida added: "By engaging with businesses licensed on the QFC's platform, together we can shed light on some of the most pressing humanitarian issues facing people around the world today, and work towards activating the private sector in addressing these pressing concerns."