Supporting the world that is recovering and rebuilding itself stronger after the Covid -19 pandemic and increasing opportunities for children and young people feature strongly in New Alliance to reinvent a better world for every child.
** Doha, Tuesday 29th ^ June 2021 ** – The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Ooredoo Group and UNICEF signed a strategic partnership agreement on Tuesday 29th ^ June 2021 which aims to transform the lives of millions of children around the world recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
During a virtual signing ceremony, attended by HE Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Executive Director of QFFD, Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Executive Director of the Ooredoo Group and Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, the strategic partners confirmed their shared commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. for children around the world.
In 2015, 193 world leaders declared their support for 17 global goals to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and injustice, and address climate change in the next 15 years. Strategic partners recognize that these tasks have been made more complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects around the world. At the same time, the threat to public health has made some of these goals more urgent and relevant, such as Goal 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” as well as objective 17 “Revitalize the world partnership for sustainable development”. The impacts of the pandemic mean that the world must now double the pace of progress towards the goals if they are to be met by 2030. The strategic partnership between Ooredoo, UNICEF and the QFFD aims to combine reach, parties’ global experience and expertise to accelerate results for children and youth.
Under the agreement, Ooredoo, UNICEF and the QFFD will develop strategic partnerships at the country level to support children’s rights and UNICEF programs in the 10 markets where Ooredoo operates, namely the Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, State of Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Burma and Maldives. Key elements envisioned to be at the heart of partnerships at the country level include support for the global deployment of the vaccine to end the pandemic, improving formal and informal education and skills opportunities for children and young people and empowering adolescents and engaging in their communities.
Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of Qatar Fund for Development, said: “We are delighted to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Qatar Fund for Development, Ooredoo and UNICEF to support the achievement of the goals of sustainable development and collaborate in response to emergencies. , starting with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on children and youth. This strategic agreement is the QFFD’s first tripartite agreement with the private sector, which reflects our vision to enhance collaboration with the private sector in our response to global challenges. So, it is a great pleasure for me to mark the start of a promising strategic partnership with Ooredoo, and to further consolidate our long-standing strategic relationship with UNICEF As they say: if you want to go fast, go alone. together.”
“Ooredoo Group has a long and proud history of supporting the communities in which it operates, from North Africa to South East Asia. By partnering with UNICEF and QFFD to improve the lives of children in our markets of operation, we are building a lasting legacy of compassion and caring, thereby effecting significant change in parts of the world that nurture a strong emotional attachment to the Ooredoo family, ”said Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Managing Director of Ooredoo group.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating effects on the lives of children around the world. UNICEF is working tirelessly with its partners to roll out the largest global immunization program in history to end the pandemic and take action to make the world after the pandemic a better place for every child ” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. “Strategic partnerships like the one we are starting today are essential to ensure we reclaim lost ground and accelerate the progress children so desperately need. She added.
About the QFFD
The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) is a Qatari public institution that is committed on behalf of the State of Qatar to implement foreign aid projects in accordance with international best practices and standards.
Since 2012, the QFFD has provided assistance to many countries in accordance with the international cooperation objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. Its main objective is to achieve inclusive and sustainable development by addressing priority global issues in education, health and economic development. In this context, priority is given to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and well-being for all”;
SDG 4: “Ensure fair and inclusive education for all and improve lifelong learning for all”;
SDG 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and maintain full and productive employment and decent work for all. “
To obtain an optimal impact on development, QFFD projects are also designed to have cross-cutting co-benefits within the SDG (2) on “Zero hunger” and the SDG (6) on “Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all ”in addition to SDG (17) on“ Partnerships to achieve the goals ”.
The QFFD cooperates with many renowned players through strategic partnerships at both local and international level. These include civil society organizations, government agencies, United Nations agencies and the private sector
Ooredoo is an international communications company operating in the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. Serving consumers and businesses in 10 countries, Ooredoo delivers the best data experience across a wide range of content and services through its advanced, data-centric mobile and landline networks.
Ooredoo generated QAR 30 billion in revenue as of December 31, 2019. Its shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange.
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UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
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