Doha Forum: A Leading Platform for Dialogue on the World’s Pressing Challenges


Under the patronage of Amir SA Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the work of the 20th edition of the Doha Forum will begin on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel, and will last two days, under the title “Transformation towards a new era”, with with the aim of initiating dialogue and discussion on the challenges and critical issues facing the world, to promote the exchange of ideas, the development of policies and the provision of viable recommendations.

The generous sponsorship of the Forum by His Highness the Amir reflects the interest of the State and its concern to provide all forms of support, the reasons for success and influence for this important international forum, and its importance at the local levels. , regional and international.

It is expected that the new version of the Forum, which will be held in attendance this year and for the first time since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, will be the most important since its launch, and will bring together several Heads of State and Government, politicians, parliamentarians, thinkers and representatives of the media, which makes this forum a real opportunity for frank dialogue between different sectors. to come up with viable solutions.

Commenting on the event, the Executive Director of the Doha Forum, HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater said that the Doha Forum returns once again in its 20th edition. She underlined that the world has seen great changes since the last meeting in 2019, which highlights, more than ever, the need to meet and take advantage of this platform to discuss the most important issues encountered during the transition to a new era.

The discussions and sessions of the Forum will focus on the main theme of this year, which is the transformation towards a new era, with a focus on four main areas: geopolitical alliances and international relations, the financial system and economic development, the defence, cybersecurity, food security, in addition to sustainability and climate change.

The Doha Forum, launched by Father Amir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani in 2000, is a global platform in the field of contemporary international affairs and the world’s largest platform for diplomacy, dialogue and the diversity. The global economy is recovering from its biggest shock since World War II, the coronavirus pandemic, and the need for leaders and policy makers to come together to develop policy innovations aimed at saving the most lives and averting disasters. lasting damage.

The pandemic has changed the global economic landscape, as the world recorded, in May 2021, over 450 million cases of COVID-19 and over 6 million deaths, in addition to innumerable effects on people’s lives, however , changemakers has paved the way for progress in various fields such as technology, medicine, sustainability and the fight against racial inequality.

The Doha Forum program for this year includes many discussion sessions that will tackle various topics and titles, including the reforms that need to be made to meet the growing challenges in the world, the reinvention of business models in the post- pandemic, disinformation and extremism via the Internet and post-pandemic Africa, and the role of the international community in managing refugee flows: Syria and beyond, the emergence of the new space sector, the concurrent concerns, and the promises and risks of artificial intelligence and analytics that power decision-making processes.

Forum sessions and discussions also address mobilizing the rule of law to respond to the climate crisis, smooth transition to meet energy demand when transitioning to green alternatives, clean future for natural gas , Afghanistan, the role of the West and spheres of influence in an era of non-peace, and the reality of US-China competition in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the fourth industrial revolution: challenges and opportunities in a new era.

The sessions of the Doha Forum in its 20th edition also include how the media covers developments in the Palestinian cause, conveys the facts on the ground more accurately and its ability to influence and provide a promising political path, how to distribute Equitable Vaccines, Peace and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region, the Role of Women in Changing Conflict Environments, and Promoting the Creative Economy to Advance Economic Development, Education Above All Foundation – Bold Goals: How to make it a reality, how to end the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and achieving sustainable growth in the Arab Gulf region as the world moves towards zero emissions.

The convening of the 20th edition of the Doha Forum clearly embodies once again the distinguished international position that the State of Qatar occupies in the web of international relations and its exceptional ability to provide open and appropriate arenas for dialogue and exchange of ideas in the search for solutions. to global issues. The past decades have proven Qatar’s success in this field, and it is still on the same path.

The State of Qatar has always demonstrated, through its global position and capabilities, its firm determination to continue to play its full role in the face of crises and to contribute to the adoption by the community of decisions that support international peace and security. . The results of the Doha Forum have become guidelines, leading indicators and work programs for diplomatic initiatives aimed at resolving problems and challenges and paving the way for the most effective solutions to the problems and crises that haunt the world and threaten the lives of millions of people. , in order to ensure the safety of mankind.

The commitment to the continued organization of the forum reflects the State of Qatar’s belief in the importance of speaking out and the need for dialogue, as it bridges the gap between the parties, regardless of the intensity of the differences, which is the starting point and the end point in this difficult period.

During all the challenges and all the crises, it has been proven that no solution apart from the sum of the universal values ​​reached by humanity after the Second World War on the one hand, and after the liberation battles of the Colonialism on the other hand, did succeed.

These are the values ​​that cannot be changed with changing circumstances and times. It has been formulated in the charters and principles of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security, to use dialogue and peaceful means to settle disputes, to refuse to forcibly annex the lands of others, to right to self-determination of peoples, non-interference in the internal affairs of States, rejection of all forms of racism and discrimination, respect for human and civil rights, adherence to the values ​​of justice and equality, the rejection of extremism and terrorism and the promotion of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation.

The role of the State of Qatar does not stop at diagnosis, criticism and reference to crises, but contributes, in word and deed, through its policy based on respect for international law and the legitimacy international community, seeking peaceful resolution of disputes through mediation and providing a space for dialogue through numerous platforms such as the Doha Forum and the Conference on Interreligious Dialogue, and hosting many important international conferences concerned with the resolution of most important contemporary crises and challenges. The State of Qatar also provides generous financial support to address the impacts of climate change, educate children in conflict zones around the world, support relief, education, health and development projects and economic empowerment programs for women and children in many countries around the world.

The city of Doha witnessed the convention of the last edition of the forum in December 2019, which included 243 speakers, 142 nationalities, and 300 media professionals, in addition to more than 100 bilateral meetings and 40 “point of view” interviews. , which is the interview platform of the Doha Forum. It offers the opportunity to address the most frequently asked questions to the most prominent political and industrial figures from around the world.

During the 2020s and 2021, the Doha Forum continued its work virtually through a series of sessions that included a panel of high-level policymakers, experts and researchers to discuss several pressing global issues. These virtual sessions are available on the Doha Forum’s social media channels, as the series of views continues on a weekly basis.