The State of Qatar has affirmed that peace and security are crucial for sustainable development, stability and prosperity, pointing out that development policies that address the root causes of conflicts and promote social and economic development can contribute significantly to achieving peace, security and sustainable development. This came in the statement of the State of Qatar, delivered by HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, before the Security Council’s open discussion session on peace and security in Africa, under the title: "The impact of development policies on the implementation of the Silencing the Guns initiative". Her Excellency the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations noted that the focus of the State of Qatar, through its bilateral and international partnerships, is on giving priority to achieving inclusive economic growth, reducing poverty and inequality, increasing access to education and health care, building capacities and resilience of countries and societies on Resolve conflicts peacefully and prevent the spread of terrorism and violence. Her Excellency renewed Qatar’s support for the Silencing the Guns initiative, and called on the United Nations and member states to continue their support for this initiative to achieve its goal by 2030, noting that the implementation of the initiative will contribute effectively to maintaining international peace and security, and achieving prosperity and well-being in the world. She added that based on the principles and objectives of the foreign policy of the State of Qatar, which adopts preventive diplomacy and mediation in resolving conflicts, through its long-term experience in resolving many regional and international disputes, the State of Qatar sees the feasibility and necessity of focusing and investing in addressing the roots of conflicts, peace-building projects, and mediation. And dialogue, ensuring the effective participation of women, youth, and marginalized sectors affected by conflicts and humanitarian crises. Her Excellency expressed the State of Qatar’s pride in the high and distinguished level of its advanced strategic relations and partnership with the countries of the African continent at all levels, pointing out that it has become an important strategic partner for many African countries and the African Union in particular, through its diplomatic efforts and mediation in settling disputes as an honest mediator. And peacemaking and peacebuilding in Africa in accordance with the priorities of the African Union initiative related to silencing the guns, in addition to the efforts of the United Nations related to peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in Africa, in addition to the humanitarian and development efforts of the State of Qatar in Africa to meet the challenges on the continent. She also expressed the State of Qatar’s welcome to the progress made since the launch of the Silencing the Guns initiative, which has contributed to stopping many conflicts thanks to the efforts of the African Union, African governments, and regional and international partners. HE the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations called for working together to make the session a landmark occasion in which the international community renews its determination to support the Silencing the Guns initiative in Africa, for an Africa free of conflicts and a more secure and peaceful world, in order to achieve the aspirations and hopes of present and future generations.
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