1. The State of Qatar has made remarkable achievements in the preventive physical and psychological care in various ﬁelds, including early detection of diseases, encouraging the public to practice healthy behaviors, and improving transparency regarding patients' rights and responsibilities. The Index of Essential Health Service Coverage has reached a level of full inclusion (100%) for the entire population covered by primary health care.
2. The food security issue is among the priorities of the national policies for sustainable development. Qatar is working to reach 70% food self-sufﬁciency by 2023, and 100% food security by 2030.
3. The State of Qatar has developed an effective social protection system for all Qataris, that safeguards their civil rights, values their effective participation in the development, and secures sufﬁcient income to maintain dignity and health. Qatar has established a solid social protection system providing full access to health and education services for all, which made Qatar achieve advanced rankings in the Human Development Index globally and regionally.
4. The policies of employment and developing labor market legislations, encouraging entrepreneurship, creating job opportunities, encouraging women's participation in the labor force, taking effective measures to protect workers' rights, and promoting occupational health and safety, have been critical factors in achieving the goal of full and productive labor force and decent work for all in the State of Qatar by 2030.
5. Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to promote sustainable economic development by way of achieving equality and social justice, as embodied in the constitution. The policies, programs and projects of the national development strategies aim to improve the well-being of the Qatari society regardless of age, gender, race, religion or economic status.
6. Many economic activities have been impacted by the measures taken to contain the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. However, the most affected activities are those of small and medium enterprises with high labor intensity. To mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on employment, the government has established a National Guarantee Program as part of the economic policy package to help pay the salaries of employees.
7. The State of Qatar has endeavored to diversify the production base by developing the economic infrastructure, encouraging investment, establishing industrial and service zones, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, increasing their contribution to diversifying the production base, and promoting the culture of consumption rationalization and responsible consumption as an integral part of the society’s life style.
8. The State of Qatar is moving strongly towards environment-friendly solutions, such as diversifying energy sources, investing in solar energy, moving towards an electric public transport system, shifting to green buildings and expanding natural solutions. In this context, Qatar is committed to preparing and hosting the ﬁrst carbon-free World Cup Championship in 2022.
9. The State of Qatar has achieved advanced ranks in many dimensions of security and safety. The State of Qatar has also maintained its top ranking for the third year in a row (2017-2019-2020) on the list of the most safe, secure and crime-free countries at the global and Arab levels, while maintaining its ﬁrst-place ranking in the Arab world throughout the period from 2015 to 2020.
10. The World Cup Championship, to be hosted by the State of Qatar in 2022, is one of the most important forms of international partnerships and a key driver for achieving the goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The World Cup will leave a remarkable national legacy, promote tolerance, respect and understanding between civilizations, and display Qatar's national identity.
11. In March 2020, the State of Qatar developed a national action plan in response to Covid-19, aimed at preparing, monitoring, responding and recovering from the spread of this pandemic. Qatar has afﬁrmed its commitment to support the directives of the United Nations, and the importance of international cooperation to confront the Coronavirus pandemic through COVAX global initiative. In addition, Qatar has developed a national electronic platform to display all information related to this pandemic.
12. Guided by the Qatar National Vision 2030, the State of Qatar relies on research, development and innovation (RDI) in implementing SDG 2030 and in increasing productivity. RDI in Qatar constitutes a major long-term lever for economic growth, prosperity and partnership.
In commitment to the QNV 2030 and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 adopted by world leaders at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, the State of Qatar has aligned the outcomes and goals of the Second National Development Strategy (NDS-2) 2018-2022 with the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda. With this alignment, the goals and targets of the Global Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 have been adapted and integrated into NDS-2. The implementing agencies will allocate their resources to achieve the NDS goals in accordance with the agreed timeframe. Qatar National Voluntary Review Messages will highlight the country’s achievements in the set of selected SDGs for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018.Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
The State of Qatar ensures the provision of water for all its population. The percentage of population that benefited from safe drinking water services reached 100%, where seawater desalination constitutes 60% of total available water. Sustainably-managed sanitation services are also provided for all and the percentage of safely treated wastewater reached100% as well.
The total loss of desalinated water was reduced to 10% in 2016 (of which 4.7% was due to real loss and less than 6% was due to administrative loss), compared to 30% in 2011. The Rationalization Law No. 26 of 2008 was amended by Law No. 20/2015 to raise users’ awareness on the optimal use of water. In addition, defective meters have been replaced with smart meters. Modern techniques to rationalize the use of water have been installed in some schools and mosques and are being installed for other uses. Wastewater treatment plants have been expanded and the study of the establishment of an industrial wastewater treatment plant has been completed. Qatar’s water policy has also been prepared and approved, which includes an integrated management of water resources to be implemented in 2018, while Qatar Water Strategy is underway and will be completed by mid-2018.Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
The State of Qatar has ensured that its population has access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy services by following an optimal pricing method of energy sector-related goods (water, electricity, fuel). The State has adopted alternative sources of energy, such as: the establishment of Umm AlHoul projects, Siraj Energy Company and a number of solar-related industrial companies, e.g. Qatar Solar Technologies.
Qatar has also promoted energy and gas efficiency through the formation of a National Renewable Energy Committee at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, which is drafting a national policy for the development of the new and renewable energy sector.
Within the framework of enhancing the efficiency of energy production, distribution and consumption, the State of Qatar has undertaken the following measures:
Qatar District Cooling Company “Qatar Cool” has achieved compliance with the transition plan for the use of treated wastewater in the operation of cooling stations instead of using potable water (in the Pearl and West Bay stations).
The implementation of the program of rationalizing energy and water consumption (Tarsheed) continues, leading to a reduced rate of electricity per capita consumption by 18% and water per capita consumption by about 20% since its launch in 2012 until the end of 2016.
The necessary studies are conducted by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (KAHRAMAA) for the rehabilitation and development of Ras Abu Fantas area by replacing the old plants by new ones with better efficiency, state-of-the-art technologies and low emissions by 2018.
The State of Qatar has ensured that the overall urban plan is the spatial translation of QNV 2030 and a strategic guide to the management and development of vibrant and sustainable spatial communities, such as cities and human settlements, in order to improve the quality of life, provide a decent living for both citizens and expatriates and make Qatar a safe haven for learning and innovation. Qatar has also built an advanced infrastructure, enabled citizens to obtain modern housing, constructed universities, research centers, schools, public libraries, museums, heritage villages and clubs, and established hospitals, health centers, playgrounds, parks, green areas and rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities. It has further provided clean water and electricity at affordable cost, in addition to transport, telephone and Internet networks. Doha has become an attractive destination for shopping and recreation at reasonable cost. Doha has a world class convention center, a GISbased referencing system for zones, streets and buildings, which is used effectively in postal, ambulance, emergency and other service; and a public library with international standards. An international airport has been built to match the world’s most advenced airports, as well as an international seaport that contributes to the promotion of international trade. Despite the large population increase, the death toll from road accidents has been decreased, and all phases of the National Disaster Management and Recovery Project have been completed in 2016.
The first phase of Qatar Rail will be inaugurated in 2019, and Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022; a unique global sport and cultural event that will be broadcast all over the world. The elected Central Municipal Council works to improve the quality of services provided by municipalities. The State is working hard to combat pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to manage the effects of climate change and to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Qatar, in accordance with QNV 2030, aspires to optimize investment in natural resources to meet the needs of the current generation without prejudice to the rights of future generations, and to build more smart cities, such as the Pearl and Lusail cities.Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
The State of Qatar has been able to create a clean and sustainable environment despite the increase in its population. Qatar encourages the efficient use of natural resources and green initiatives, recycling and reducing the production of waste, and implementing programs and projects related to pollution and solid waste recycling. The Domestic Solid Waste Management Center was opened in Mesaieed in 2011. Solid waste (construction) generation was reduced from about 9.6 million tons in 2011 to 4.6 million tons in 2016. Qatar has also encouraged and promoted local product culture.
The Government of Qatar has encouraged the engagement of consumers by raising awareness and education on optimal water use patterns, rationalizing energy use by switching to energy-efficient lamps and air conditioners, encouraging the use of renewable energy, increasing the efficiency of water desalination systems and reducing gas emissions. It has also directed to avoid the excessive use of groundwater through smart meters so as not to aggravate water stress and salinity. It has further supported the installation of modern techniques to rationalize the use of water in schools and mosques, and encouraged the use of treated wastewater in central cooling facilities and in irrigation of fodder and green spaces.
The government has also promoted the efficient use of energy and gas through the National Committee on Renewable Energy, in addition to providing a system of plant, fish, and livestock production that contributes to food security to reach high rates of self-sufficiency.Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
The State of Qatar has endeavored to preserve its biodiversity as part of its heritage, culture and future in order to preserve its national and cultural identity, food security and local development: and to provide resources for scientific and medical research, as well as other benefits. Over the past ten years, the terrestrial protected areas increased from 11% to 23.6% totaling 2,744 km2 , in addition to 6.2% for marine protected areas totaling 720 km2 , bringing the total protected area to 3,464 km2 , representing 29.8% of Qatar’s total area, which is one of the highest rates in the world. These protected areas, mostly terrestrial, aim to protect sensitive desert ecosystems from overhunting and overgrazing, as well as to combat desertification and halt land degradation. The Government is also working to raise awareness on the current and future status of biodiversity and to establish and operate a biodiversity database by the end of 2022.Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The State of Qatar has strengthened its global presence by hosting several international conferences on sustainable development, such as the “Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development To Review The Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus” held in Doha (29 November - 2 December 2008). In terms of financing for development, the State of Qatar provided development assistance to poor countries, needy groups and refugees in excess of US $ 2 billion in 2017. The role of civil society in the country became more active and sponsored the “Doha Declaration on the Role of Civil Society in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, 2017. The State of Qatar was keen to promote the use of technology in the implementation of most of its economic, social and environmental development programs aimed at improving the quality of life in the state and establishing of sustainable societies where no one is left behind. The Qatar National Research Strategy 2012 provides a framework for the research objectives of Qatar Foundation Research & Development Sector. Qatar has also been keen to enhance the capacity of its citizens to enable them to effectively contribute to the development process. Thus, Qatar has established schools and universities and sent many students on scholarships abroad. Moreover, The State of Qatar has signed trade agreements with many countries around the world.
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