New York: Qatar has stressed that culture is a key element of human development and an important factor in the social integration and poverty eradication. In line with its National Vision 2030, Qatar seeks to become a global hub for culture and the development of cultural institutions, a cultural instigator and a catalyst for cultural projects worldwide.
This came in a statement delivered by the Third Secretary at Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Thani during the Thematic Debate on Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The statement noted the important role played by the Unesco and its efforts in promoting issues related to education, science and culture, especially in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The statement noted the need for further efforts to take a holistic and integrated approach to the sustainable development, taking into account the importance of cultural diversity and adjusting the developmental approach to national circumstances and local contexts in order to achieve sustainable development in addition to the protection of cultural and biological diversity, adding that natural heritage is critical for the achievement of development sustainable.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Thani explained that the culture contributes to peace and security, saying that it is a valuable resource to enable local communities to fully participate in the social and cultural life, to facilitate the comprehensive management and dialogue at the national, regional and international organisations, to prevent conflicts and resolve them and to achieve reconciliation and recovery.
He pointed out Qatar’s chairmanship of the Unesco World Heritage Committee for the year 2014 and Qatar Museums Authority which became a member of the World Heritage Committee in 2011 and seeks to develop, promote and support museums, arts and heritage in accordance to the highest international standards of education and exchange between communities in Qatar and abroad.