Doha: (3/12/2008): The Qatari Cabinet, under the chairmanship of H.E. the premier and foreign minister, SH Hamad Ben Jassem Ben Jabor al-Thani yesterday (3/12/2008) welcomed the resolutions of the Follow-up International Conference for Financing Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus.
The Cabinet considered the Doha Document as a new springboard for development stressing that international cooperation is the solution to the development problems from which the world of today is suffering.
The Conference that was concluded in Doha, on Tuesday (2/12/2008) Qatar, urged that aid commitments be maintained despite the global economic crisis, and called for the convening of an inclusive international conference under United Nations auspices to review the international financial and monetary architecture.
Welcoming ‘the remarkable’ Doha Declaration on Financing for Development after its adoption by consensus, General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann said it “highlighted a new sense of solidarity and goodwill among nations at a time when we can be tempted to withdraw into our narrowly defined self-interests.”
Affirming in its entirety the Monterrey Consensus on aid, investment, debt relief and other spurs to poverty relief in poor countries, the outcome document emerging from Doha said the economic slowdown and all other obstacles must not slow down efforts to achieve “people-centered development” in developing countries, particularly those in Africa.
High-ranking officials of more than 160 countries, including nearly 40 heads of State or Government, attended the four-day follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, which opened on November 29.