Qatar Urges Protection of Education in Gaza and Beyond

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Qatar has urged the protection of educational institutions in conflict areas, particularly in Gaza. Dr. Nasser bin Hamad Al Hanzab, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to Unesco, delivered this call during the 217th session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco), which is taking place until October 18.

Qatar’s participation in the session is based on its membership in the Heritage Committee and its dedication to safeguarding world heritage in accordance with the 1972 agreement.

Dr. Al Hanzab emphasized the vital role of education in fostering stability and justice worldwide, especially in the least developed societies. He highlighted Qatar’s commitment to promoting scientific and technological advancements in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on Goal 4 – Education.

The Education Above All Foundation, in collaboration with regional and international partners, is actively working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals by providing quality education and over 15 million educational opportunities to children and youth in more than 60 countries.

Qatar is also involved in efforts to protect education from attacks, including organizing a global conference in New York, which aimed to advocate for the safeguarding of education from attacks. Qatar participated in establishing the Group of Friends for Education in Emergencies to enhance Unesco’s role, especially in protecting the right to education from attacks.

Dr. Al Hanzab noted that Qatar will host the Web Summit in 2024, bringing together decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and investors to foster global technological innovation. Additionally, he welcomed Saudi Arabia’s aspiration to host the Unesco World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development (MONDIACULT 2025).

The Executive Board of Unesco comprises 58 countries selected during the organization’s General Conference. This board convenes twice a year to discuss Unesco’s goals and establish guidelines for its policies and strategies.

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