Qatar: Education key to achieving Millennium Development Goals

May 10, 2011

Shaikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of Qatar’s Emir, has reiterated the need for education to be placed at the heart of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“We must be aware that there is no alternative which can compensate for the role of education which should always remain at the top of our priorities,” Shaikha Moza said.

“It is my conviction that what is required here is to consider education as the key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” she told the plenary session of the fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries held in Istanbul.

The aim of the conference is to promote ways to reduce poverty and hunger in its 48 member countries, in co-ordination with international partners, Qatari daily Gulf Times reports on Tuesday.

Turkish President, Abdullah Gul and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon also spoke at the opening session of the conference.

As a Millennium Development Goals Advocate, Shaikha Moza recognised that the MDGs could not be achieved globally unless they are met in the Least Developed Countries.

“We are still stumbling in translating the Millennium Declaration into a living reality,” she said.

Echoing the outcome of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Pre-Forum, held in Doha last week, Shaikha Moza stressed the importance of enhancing a strong participatory role for civil society organisations and ways to duplicate the achievements of the private sector in finding innovative solutions for the challenges of achieving the MDGs.

Poverty, ignorance, exclusion

Participation in the conference of the representatives of governments, alongside parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector, was a joint commitment on the part of all stakeholders concerned with issue of tackling poverty, ignorance and exclusion, she said.

“It is a confirmation of the determination to achieve the required change. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to maintain this constructive and positive spirit which brought us here together and utilise it to launch creative partnerships to follow up and implement the conclusions we may reach,” Shaikha Moza said.

“In our current situation, I think it is necessary to enhance the participatory role of civil society organisations and social movements in the implementation of projects. This is aside from the fact that these organisations are closely linked to the socially active individuals in the fields which matter to us.”

Peace, stability

According to Shaikha Moza, there is no way of talking about peace, stability and recognition of cultural diversity when poverty, wanton need, ignorance and exclusion are on the increase.

“Furthermore, these manifestations – which are indeed an affront to what is right and dignified – cannot be eliminated unless education is really available to all.

“This is what is at stake here,” she said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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