Qatar and the UN
Overview on Qatar’s partnership with the United Nations
Qatar has been a member of the United Nations since 1971.
In the same year, The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in New York was created with the aim of representing Qatar and managing its relationship with the international organisation.
Qatar’s current Ambassador to the UN is Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani.
Qatar values its strategic partnership with the United Nations and has always worked towards achieving its goals, including maintaining international peace and security, supporting international development, promoting human rights, providing humanitarian assistance, and participating in collective action to address existing and emerging challenges facing the world.
Qatar has actively participated in UN meetings and collective action, both regionally and internationally. This includes:
- Playing the role of an honest broker and mediator to help in international crises. This has included, but not been limited to, the question of Darfur and the mediation between Djibouti and Eritrea
- Being an active member in the UN Human Rights Council where it works with other member states to promote and protect human rights around world
- Launching international initiatives, in education and health, that contribute to the well-being of society
- Cooperating with the Security Council and other relevant UN bodies to combat terrorism
- Working towards achieving sustainable development goals, and providing humanitarian assistance
Qatar’s commitment to the UN
Qatar has and continues to make generous financial contributions to more than 40 UN bodies and entities.
Most recently, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and HE the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres signed several agreements on the side-lines of the 2018 Doha Forum demonstrating Qatar’s active role in achieving international peace, security and sustainable development.
The agreements include a $500 million (QAR 1.82 billion) pledge to various UN programmes, making Qatar the 6th largest donor globally to the UN, and the establishment of four new UN offices in Doha. The agreement further pledges annual support to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Qatar has been a member of the UN since 1971
Qatar plays an active role in UN collective action, including:
The State of Qatar Delegation to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
A high-level delegation led by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. The delegation attended several events throughout the week on issues ranging from sustainable development, education, and climate change to counter terrorism and international security.
The State of Qatar, in line with its foreign policy, is a nation that is committed to the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter in contributing to security and stability.
In line with the main pillars set in the 2030 National Vision, the State of Qatar, through its efforts as both a key player and responsible citizen in regional and international development and cooperation, aims at resolving conflicts through dialogue and peaceful means. We are an open, outward looking nation that seeks to be a model of change for the region, with a bold and positive vision for the future that is fully aligned with the UN’s values.
The State of Qatar’s efforts are also directed towards total respect for the sovereignty of countries and the principles of good-neighbourliness as a means to create communities of stability, development and social justice. The State of Qatar believes that through trusted partnerships underpinned by international frameworks, we can contribute to security and stability in both the Arab region and beyond.
His Highness the Amir at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly