Key projects in Syria and Iraq:
Qatar provided more $1.6 billion aid to the Syrian people; and pledged a package of loans and investments in infrastructure and reconstruction projects to help rebuild Iraq worth $1bn, announced at the Kuwait International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction and Development in 2018.
As part of stabilisation efforts in Iraq, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has launched several development and stabilisation projects in Iraq, in coordination with international organisations and UN agencies. This includes the areas of food security and healthcare.
Working Group Membership:
Qatar is a strategic partner of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, and is an active participant in all Coalition working groups: Counter-Finance; Stabilisation; Foreign Terrorist Fighters; Communications, and has provided significant support in facilitating U.S. military operations in the region.
Top Contributions of Coalition:
In December 2018, the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office on Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) signed an agreement to establish a UN Counter-Terrorism Office in Doha, and contributed $75 million to its overall strategy. Following this, in March 2019, Qatar and UNOCT held their first strategic dialogue at United Nations Headquarters.
In addition to working with Coalition partners, Qatar co-sponsored UN Security Council resolution 2396 on returning and relocating foreign terrorist fighters; supported UNOCT’s work on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; and partnered with United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism to establish of a global centre in Doha for countering violent extremism through behaviour change.
In addition to the military and diplomatic efforts, Qatar is committed to support building resilient communities and supporting educational and development initiatives. By providing humanitarian aid, supporting educational and economic development initiatives, and building more resilient communities, Qatar aims to contribute to the security, stability and prosperity of the region.
Qatar believes in having a holistic approach to address the root causes of terrorism through providing education, job opportunities, and development projects. The core of Qatar’s CT strategy remains intensive investment in education and youth empowerment.
To encourage economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa region, Qatar supports Silatech, which has so far provided 1 million jobs for young people in 17 countries since 2008 and seeks to provide 5 million jobs by 2020. For more information on the initiative, please follow: @Silatech webpage: https://silatech.org/
The rising toll of victims of terrorist operations has necessitated the use of military force to deal with terrorism, and we affirm our commitment to fight terrorism. But even in the harshest conditions we should not ignore the underlying causes, otherwise the result would be a worsening of the phenomenon and an increase in its spread.Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar