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QFC to support UN agencies in facing humanitarian issues

QFC to support UN agencies in facing humanitarian issues

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world’s leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, announced its support to and collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy. The announcement was made at QFC’s annual Ramadan suhour event.
The collaboration will see the QFC facilitate increased mobilisation of the private sector on key global humanitarian issues, as well as assist with the promotion of these challenges to increase awareness among the greater business community.
The first initiative to result from this collaboration is the QFC’s support to the ‘Hope for Gaza’ initiative, which is organised by the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy Dr Ahmed al Meraikhi, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), 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.
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 Dr Ahmed al Meraikhi, Secretary-General of QRCS Ali Hassan al Hammadi and Dana al Fardan, as well as representatives from key UN agencies, QFC firms, the media and other key stakeholders.
Yousuf Mohamed al Jaida, CEO of QFC, said: “Our collaboration comes in light of the QFC’s previous engagements with the office of Dr 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.”
Dr Meraikhi noted: “I am grateful to QFC and Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida for his continued support to the United Nations and bringing the private sector closer to engaging on the humanitarian response to help more than 132 million people in need.”
Ali Hassan al Hammadi said: “For NGOs, financial and corporate organisations are the first and foremost source of financial, in-kind, and logistic support. They play a key role in delivering the humanitarian aid to beneficiaries everywhere.”
Dana al Fardan said: “Spending time in Jordan has shown me the amount of difficulties that Palestinians face on daily basis. It’s the duty of every Arab and every Qatari to stand by them and support them through this time of critical need.”

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