Sustainable development goals key to combating extremism

State of Qatar supports initiatives that focus on some sustainable development goals that have direct impact on combating violent extremism said H E Dr Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani, the foreign minister’s special envoy for combating terrorism and mediation in conflict resolution.

Highlighting Qatar’s firm commitment to supporting the implementation of goal 16 of sustainable development goals that calls for enhancing peaceful, comprehensive and fair communities, Dr Al Qahtani pointed to the challenges facing the fight against violent extremism, notably the absence of the rule of law; human rights violations; racial, national and religious discrimination; the lack of political participation; social and economic marginalisation; and lacking wise governance.

Dr Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani made the remarks before a seminar organised by Qatar’s permanent mission to the United Nations in association with the Center on International Cooperation (CIC), a think tank based at New York University, and Silatech organization on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly under the theme of combating and tackling violent extremism, and the sustainable development goals.

The seminar focused on a number of aspects, including means of preventing the conditions that lead to violent extremism, the exchange of beneficial expertise and policies in addressing the reasons for violent extremism, and means of increasing the involvement of youths and civil society groups to prevent violence and extremism.

Qatar participated in supporting several international, regional and national initiatives in this regard such as the UN General Assembly high-level thematic conversation on children and youth affected by violent extremism on June 3, 2016, which was opened by the Foreign Minister H E  Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Mogens Lykketoft, president of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

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