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Qatar World Cup an opportunity to build better future for GenNext: Sheikha Alya

  • Sep 19, 2020
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Qatar is proud to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup for the first time in the Middle East and the Arab world and considers the World Cup as an opportunity for Qatar and the region to stimulate social development and build a better future for next generations, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani has said.
“Now, it is more important than ever to support sports and physical activities, as sport should be included in the recovery plans after the COVID-19 pandemic and within the national strategies for sustainable development, because it is an essential factor in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on health and people and has an important impact in the restoration of normal life activities,” Sheikha Alya said during a high-level meeting on the prevention of violent extremism through sports.
The event was organised by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
President of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and founder of "Save the Dream" programme Mohammed bin Hanzab said sport positively affects the lives of millions of people every day, and major sporting events and sports in general contain unique tools that stimulate positive change.
Hanzab said he is confident that following this high-level meeting, and with further work, participants will all be able to come up with consistent mechanisms that will be effectively used in sport-related policymaking to combat violent extremism.
This will be an important step, and participants must continue to work together and maintain the pace of commitment to international cooperation and multi-sectoral partnerships within the framework of the United Nations agenda, in order to promote the use of sport as an effective tool to address the main causes of violent extremism, he added.
The event preceded the launch of a series of initiatives which include, inter alia, the development of a guide for policymakers, a training handbook, a global campaign and a grant-awarding mechanism for local civil society organizations (CSOs) working on sports-based prevention of violent extremism (PVE).