Doha, Qatar XX: The Earthna Centre for a Sustainable Future (Earthna), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), announced it will host the Qatar National Dialogue on Climate Change (QNDCC) on September 19 and 20, 2022 at Multaqa, Education City. The event will be co-hosted with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and in partnership with the Al-Attiyah Foundation.
The event builds on last year’s Qatar Climate Change Conference, which was also held in partnership with the Al Attiyah Foundation, and will have a stronger local focus, which aims to strengthen the country’s global position in sustainable development and climate change action. QNDCC will provide private and public sector leaders in Qatar with an opportunity to have meaningful dialogue, supporting the country in developing a climate action strategy ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27), that will be held in November in Egypt.
Commenting on the announcement of the QNDCC, Dr. Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, Executive Director of Earthna stated: “Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges that humanity is facing and is a national priority for the State of Qatar. We expect that the Qatar National Dialogue on Climate Change will play a leading role in facilitating focused discussions that will provide practical insights for the country’s future climate action pathways.”
The event will bring together over 45 thought leaders, decision makers and climate change experts to examine international insights, case studies, policies, industrial solutions and academic research, and explore the benefit and influence these can have in Qatar. Key discussion topics will include Qatar’s National Climate Action - Updates and Future Plan; Climate Finance, from opportunity to action: challenges and solutions; Climate Change: Governance and Intergovernmental collaboration; Mitigation and adaptation solutions for Qatar and Measurement; and Reporting and Verification.
His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Al-Attiyah Foundation commented on how crucial it is for businesses and governments to work collaborate on tackling environmental issues: “Climate change impacts the social and environmental determinants of a safe and healthy society including clean air, safe drinking water and sufficient food, among other things. It is imperative that the private and public sectors join hands to address climate challenges and tackle them using science, innovation, and concrete actions. It gives me great pleasure to see that our partnership with Qatar Foundation – now through Earthna – continues to grow with each year and is playing a leading role in supporting the country’s sustainability goals.”
QNDCC’s Platinum Sponsor is Qatar Shell, the largest foreign investor in Qatar’s Energy sector. Its Gold Sponsors are HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations and Qatar Free Zones Authority, which aims to support the country’s development through creating a vibrant and self-sustaining business ecosystem.
Earthna is a non-profit policy research and advocacy center established under Qatar Foundation (QF) to inform and influence national and global sustainability policy.
Bridging technical and research expertise with policy advice and advocacy, Earthna will convene a wide community of technical and research experts, government, policy and decision makers, businesses, multilateral institutions, and civil society to generate a more sustainable future.
The Earthna center runs multidisciplinary programming with a focus on the fields of hot and arid climates, sustainable cities, and sustainable energy, as well as the potential of QF’s Education City as a test-bed for sustainable technologies and practices.
Earthna is focused on developing tools, solutions, and policies to improve people’s lives within a thriving natural environment. Working together with our community to co-create and design solutions that utilize our resources limits and understand our local culture and needs, we deliver a message of hope and impactful action that will strengthen our legacy.
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Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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