Slightly above-average temperatures, misty weather in some regions

Temperatures will be slightly above average in most regions, as the country is affected by the Indian superficial seasonal air pressure accompanied by western air currents in the upper parts of the atmosphere.The skies will be clear in general with som…

Temperatures will be slightly above average in most regions, as the country is affected by the Indian superficial seasonal air pressure accompanied by western air currents in the upper parts of the atmosphere.

The skies will be clear in general with some scattered clouds, the weather will misty in the eastern, al-Badia regions, the wind will be westerly to southwesterly with low to a moderate speed, the sea waves will be low in amplitude, according to Meteorological Department.

The expected temperatures in some Syrian cities will be as follows: Damascus 33/18, Daraa 32/18, Hasaka 37/22, Tartous 30/23, Aleppo 35/18, Deir Ezzor 38/24.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

/United Nations/ Qatar’s Educational, Development Initiatives….Inspiring Successes and Vital Strategic Partnerships -1- //CORRECTED REPEAT//

International Qatari institutions stand out in the fields of supporting education and development in countries in need, led by the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), the Silatech development organization, and other initiatives, institutions and pro…

International Qatari institutions stand out in the fields of supporting education and development in countries in need, led by the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), the Silatech development organization, and other initiatives, institutions and projects that Qatar presents to the world as a contribution to strengthen international efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Commenting on the educational initiatives led by the Education Above All, Director of External Relations at EAA Leena Al Derham said in an interview with Qatar News Agency , that education is a major goal of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, and EAA has shown commitment to ensure education keep pace with the requirements of the current era. She explained that EAA is cooperating with its partners to find innovative solutions that meet the needs in the educational fields in a sustainable manner.

She drew attention to the urgent and vital need to achieve this goal, noting that there are 67 million children outside the school walls, which means that one-sixth of children of primary school age around the world are deprived of their right to education due to poverty, conflict, displacement, discrimination, disability and other obstacles.

The director of external relations at EAA affirmed the Foundation’s keenness and constant endeavor to ensure the provision of quality education for every child, regardless of his or her location or circumstances, while working to achieve effective partnerships to ensure children are not left out of school.

She highlighted the role of HH Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, in setting the goal of educating 10 million out-of-school children in a decade, noting that EAA exceeded this goal in 2018 by returning 15 million children to schools through partnerships with international organizations and banks, as well as support from the Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD).

The EAA works with around 100 partners through several programs, such as Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict, ROTA, Educate a Child and Al Fakhoora, in addition to managing the Global Innovation Fund and the Together Project.

Leena Al Derham stressed the EAA’s keenness to devise original solutions to address any challenges that prevent comprehensive and equitable access to quality education for all, adding that they have to bridge the digital divide if they want to ensure that no child is left behind, and this is the reason for their innovation and original solutions to address unresolved education challenges in the most hostile or low-tech settings.

Among these innovative solutions is the Internet Free Education Resource Bank to support learners with limited access to the internet through simple and interactive modules, with more than 500 educational resources in ten languages. It also helps in providing education to the millions who do not have access to formal, in-person or online learning.

She said that the Bank has reached more than half a million learners in 175 countries so far, pointing out that EAA also developed an emergency curriculum designed specifically for children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict and displacement, supporting them psychologically and socially, in addition to providing them with reading skills. She noted that thee emergency curriculum reached more than 4,000 Ukrainian refugees and nearly 50,000 Afghan students over the past year. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Leadership Academy Secures 2023 Green School Award

Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA), member of Qatar Foundation, has secured the 2023 Green School Award, reflecting its dedication to sustainability and contributions to environmental stewardship and Qatar Foundation’s commitment to helping to build a gre…

Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA), member of Qatar Foundation, has secured the 2023 Green School Award, reflecting its dedication to sustainability and contributions to environmental stewardship and Qatar Foundation’s commitment to helping to build a greener future.

The selection of Qatar Leadership Academy one of the schools under Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education for the Green School Award recognizes its holistic approach to sustainable practices, its efforts to instill eco-conscious values in its students, and how it nurtures a sustainable educational environment, said QLA in a statement today.

The Green School Award was presented to QLA during the 7th NYC Green School Conference 2023, held alongside the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, and was accepted by Jameel Al Shammari, Director General of Qatar Leadership Academy, as part of the conference proceedings.

Director General of Qatar Leadership Academy Jameel Al Shammari commented saying: “This achievement serves as a resounding testament to the unwavering commitment demonstrated by our students, staff, and the entire Qatar Leadership Academy community in championing sustainability.

“The receipt of the Green School Award marks a significant moment of pride and accomplishment for Qatar Leadership Academy, symbolizing the culmination of our relentless dedication to fostering environmental awareness and nurturing a culture deeply rooted in sustainability. The award shines a spotlight on the tireless endeavors of our school in executing a wide-ranging spectrum of green initiatives, from conserving energy and water resources to reducing waste and championing recycling.” The global conference saw the participation of 42 countries and featured over 2,000 international schools.

Source: Qatar News Agency

/United Nations/ UNHCR Representative to Qatar to QNA: Strong Partnership With Qatar Is Beacon of Hope for Millions of Refugees, IDPs Around the Globe

HE Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the State of Qatar Ahmed Mohsen affirmed that the strong and established partnership between the State of Qatar, its various institutions, and UNHCR, represents a beacon…

HE Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the State of Qatar Ahmed Mohsen affirmed that the strong and established partnership between the State of Qatar, its various institutions, and UNHCR, represents a beacon of hope for millions of refugees and internally displaced persons around the globe.

In an exclusive interview with Qatar News Agency , Mohsen expressed his hope for the continuation of this partnership that embodies a distinguished model of stable partnerships, to help refugees and forcibly displaced persons most in need around the globe, pointing out Qatar’s generous contributions to support UNHCR programs over the years. These contributions amounted to about one billion and QR 400 million, which helped provide education, health care, shelter, and promote economic development for millions of people around the globe, he added.

He noted that the State of Qatar’s contributions particularly focus on the sectors of education, shelter, health care, livelihood opportunities and material support, enabling it to provide a sustainable humanitarian response in various regions, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Qatar cooperates with UNHCR in implementing various projects that benefit hundreds of thousands of people most in need, including Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and internally displaced people in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and many other countries, Mohsen added.

The State of Qatar has been at the forefront of donor countries to UNHCR since 2019 through its generous contributions to support UNHCR’s efforts and initiatives aimed at responding to the humanitarian needs of communities suffering from asylum and forced displacement, he said, noting the establishment of the UN House in Doha, which hosts the offices of several UN agencies, including the Office of UNHCR, as part of Qatar’s continued support for the programs and initiatives of UN and its various agencies.

He stressed that the State of Qatar has continued its strong support over the years for diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, especially its support for Afghan refugees and the countries hosting them, which culminated in its recent assumption of the presidency of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees Support Platform (SSAR). SSAR constitutes a platform to support voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration, provide support to host communities and promote peaceful coexistence among them, he explained.

He noted that Qatar continues to stress the importance of strengthening regional initiatives that alleviate human suffering and facilitate policies and cooperative approaches aimed at facilitating the voluntary, safe, sustainable and dignified return of refugees and their integration into their countries of origin.

UNHCR Representative to Qatar commended the State of Qatar’s humanitarian efforts during the Afghan crisis in 2021 and its keenness to transport humanitarian aid by air and deliver tons of emergency supplies to support the most vulnerable displaced families in Afghanistan, pointing out that these efforts have supported UNHCR’s programs and missions in Afghanistan to help vulnerable Afghans adapt to the harsh conditions of winter.

Mohsen also said that Qatar continues to support UNHCR’s efforts in Afghanistan, noting that the total Qatari contributions to support the situation in Afghanistan have reached more than USD 5.6 million through supporting education for refugees and internally displaced persons, in-kind donations, flights, humanitarian aid and non-food items, in addition to supporting UNHCR’s efforts to provide financial assistance to many returning refugee families who are most in need. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency

/United Nations/ UNHCR Representative to Qatar to QNA: Strong Partnership With Qatar Is Beacon of Hope for Millions of Refugees, Displaced Persons Around the Globe -1

HE UNHCR Representative to Qatar Ahmed Mohsen stressed that the commissioner faces several challenges in responding to the humanitarian and development needs of millions of displaced people and refugees around the globe and alleviating their suffering…

HE UNHCR Representative to Qatar Ahmed Mohsen stressed that the commissioner faces several challenges in responding to the humanitarian and development needs of millions of displaced people and refugees around the globe and alleviating their suffering, explaining that these challenges include lack of funding, difficulty in reaching conflict-affected areas, security stability, and remote areas, as well as political, security, and logistic challenges.

In his interview with QNA, Mohsen noted that, in order to overcome the challenges, UNHCR woks with many partners to mobilize sources of funding and strengthen and build effective partnerships with governments, organizations working in the humanitarian field as well as UN organizations, in addition to the private sector and individuals, with the aim of cooperating and coordinating efforts aimed at helping the most vulnerable people who are far from their homes.

In response to a question about international issues and files concerned with refugees, which will be discussed at the meeting of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78), UNHCR Representative to Qatar said that we live in a world in which millions of people are still forced to leave their homes to survive, due to wars, conflicts, persecution and the effects of climate change, indicating that the number of forcibly displaced people is estimated at more than 110 million people, including refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers and others in need of international protection. At the same time, many conflicts that are displacing millions of people remain without solutions in sight, preventing refugees and displaced persons from returning to their homes in safety and dignity, he added.

Mohsen indicated that middle-income and low-income countries continue to host the vast majority of refugees while suffering from economic crises, and remain in need of more support to continue hosting them with generosity and open hearts.

He pointed out the commissioner’s belief that addressing the global forced displacement crisis requires international cooperation to share responsibility in providing assistance and protection to forcibly displaced people and to work on finding sustainable solutions with the aim of achieving peace and stability, which is why UNGA’s annual meetings are an international platform and an opportunity to shed light on the humanitarian reality and research to find comprehensive solutions and mobilize support.

On the refugee crisis in the Asia-Pacific region, Mohsen emphasized that the Asia-Pacific region faces many crises, such as the Afghan refugee crisis and the Rohingya refugee crisis, including those related to the effects of climate change, such as the response to the devastating floods that struck areas in Pakistan last year, affecting hundreds of thousands of refugees and host communities.

In this regard, Mohsen pointed out that UNHCR supported the Pakistani government-led response effort and delivered more than 10,000 metric tons of aid including tents, solar lamps, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and other relief items in less than four weeks, from its warehouses and suppliers in Pakistan, and from regional emergency stocks.

In regard to Afghanistan, he noted that it is one of the countries with the largest and most critical humanitarian crises around the globe in light of the displacement crisis, local crises, and the fragility of the infrastructure. Residents and farmers suffer from drought, which increases levels of hunger and food shortages, he added, stressing the commissioner’s commitment -despite all these circumstances- to remain present and provide assistance to the internally displaced Afghans – whose number is estimated at about 3.5 million people, in terms of shelter, relief materials, infrastructure, and psychological and social support.

As for the Rohingya refugee crisis, UNHCR Representative to Qatar said that their number is estimated at more than 960,000 people hosted by Bangladesh, where the humanitarian situation of refugees is deteriorating and their needs are increasing in light of the severe funding shortage. He pointed out that the commissioner works with its partners to enhance the livelihoods of refugees and provide assistance, develop skills, and build capacities among refugees to enhance self-reliance, improve livelihood opportunities for them as well as host communities.

HE UNHCR Representative to Qatar Ahmed Mohsen concluded his interview with QNA by addressing the development projects provided by UNHCR for refugees. In cooperation with its partners, the commissioner works on enhancing the livelihoods of refugees and reducing their dependence on aid, in addition to helping them to contribute positively to the development of local economies in the countries they live in, Mohsen noted.

Alongside its partners, UNHCR also works on enabling refugees, especially children and adolescents, to integrate into national education systems in countries of asylum, and to obtain scholarships and opportunities for higher education and vocation training, in order to improve their ability to live independently and build prosperous lives until they return to their countries of origin and participate in reconstruction of their countries – leading them to prosperity, he added.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Ashghal Holds Symposium on “The Problem of Groundwater Level Rise in Urban Areas in GCC countries”

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in cooperation with the Gulf Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA) and the Secretariat General of the GCC, held a symposium on “The Problem of Groundwater Level Rise in Urban Areas in GCC countries”, wi…

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in cooperation with the Gulf Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA) and the Secretariat General of the GCC, held a symposium on “The Problem of Groundwater Level Rise in Urban Areas in GCC countries”, with the attendance of HE President of Ashghal Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, and a number of officials and academics interested in this field from Qatar and GCC countries.

The symposium aims to come up with policies and solutions to control this issue and raise them to decision-makers in the GCC countries. In addition to sharing scientific and applied knowledge while building the capacity of specialists in the fields of urban planning, hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, environment, and other fields relevant to the problem of groundwater level rise in urban areas in the GCC countries, Ashghal said in a statement today.

On this occasion, Projects Affairs Director at Ashghal Eng. Yousef Al Emadi said: “Through this cooperation, we look forward to discovering innovative, effective and sustainable technological solutions to control the problem of groundwater level rise in urban areas in the GCC to reduce its negative impact on the construction process, which in turn raises costs and affects the quality of projects and people’s lives.

“At Ashghal, we are keen to make use of the groundwater and to implement sustainable solutions, including water use after ensuring its quality in some of the projects of the Authority, through sand washing that is used in projects and dust control at work sites,” he added.

President of WSTA Eng. Abdulrahman Al Mahmoud stated that the symposium is aimed at exploring the most significant problems that are occurred in our region because of the rapid urban developments and the population growth, especially in major cities. These issues have made it challenging to harmonize the requirements of development and the large projects while preserving the infrastructure. As well as face the various impacts on the population and the surrounding environment.

He added that it was crucial for the competent authorities to follow scientific research, to gain insight on the causes of the phenomenon that has arisen in several cities in our Gulf countries and look for the scientific and practical solutions to address the problem.

Source: Qatar News Agency