Qatar's Human Development Report focuses on sustainable development
Report calls for balancing economic and social development and the protection of the environment
Doha - Qatar’s second National Human Development Report launched today under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Bin Jassem Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar examines three critical and pressing environmental challenges facing the emirate, namely, water security; threats to the marine environment; and the effects of climate change.
The Report which was conceived with the aim to support the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030, is the product of a fruitful collaboration between the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Published under the title “Advancing Sustainable Development in Qatar,” The NHDR comes in five chapters; covering key dimensions of the interface between human development and environmental sustainability including the interplay of economic growth, social development and environmental management; sustainable access to water; management and conservation of the marine environment; and the impacts of climate change on human development.
The Report underscores major environmental challenges that Qatar faces and that need to be appropriately resolved, particularly achieving water security, reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency, and mitigating risks that threaten the safety of the marine environment. The Report argues that assessing the severity of risks and handling required change will entail mobilizing resources, coordinating efforts and putting appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks in place.
The Report concludes with a number of practical and actionable recommendations to advance sustainable development in Qatar. It highlights the need to ensure integrated and comprehensive policy and institutional frameworks for sustainable development. The Report also calls for developing credible and reliable data and information systems for evidence-based, decision-making; building national capacity for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating environment related policies and programmes; and promoting effective participation and national ownership.
“The important recommendations of the 2009 NHDR’s will be carefully considered and evaluated by key stakeholders and will provide an essential basis for articulating a road map for Qatar to overcome the important environmental challenges that the report identifies,” asserted Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Secretary General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning. “They will serve as vital inputs to preparing Qatar’s first National Development Strategy 2010 – 2015,” he added.
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