Doha: (agencies: 26/11/2008): H.E. NHRC vice president Dr. Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, participated Wednesday (26/11/2008) in an international forum of civil society organizations held at the Doha Ramada Hotel. The meeting is held in parallel ahead of a major international conference on Financing for Development (FfD) scheduled to take place in Doha on Saturday (29the November 2008).
In a speech at the opening session, H.E. stressed the importance of the forum, which focuses on financing for development, particularly in light of current social change worldwide and the emergence of an ever expanding role for civil society organizations which are playing an important role in activating popular participation and in supporting development in various aspects.
He emphasized the close relationship between peace, stability and development, and said that this close relationship, interdependent and interrelated is ultimately aimed at people (Human Resources) who are the focus and purpose of Development
He also pointed out that the twin bond between human rights and economic development is a major global objective in the world of today- an issue highlighted by all the international conventions and taking centre stage in the programmes of governmental and non-governmental organizations.
H.E. urged all States to redouble their efforts to ensure that citizens enjoy development and human rights, pointing out that this is one of the responsibilities facing each and every State and can achieve the change these countries aspire for. He stressed that states, however powerful, still need the support of an active civil society, an active private sector, aware of its humanitarian obligations as well as non-governmental and international and regional organizations capable of delivering their services on time and whenever needed.
At the end of his speech, Dr. al-Marri thanked all organizations and individuals who contributed to organizing the forum, hoping for their efforts to be crowned with success.
Earlier, His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow-up affairs opened the session with a speech in which he said that Qatar leadership and people believed that peace and security, development and human rights are essential pillars of progress and that nothing can be achieved without human development.
More than 300 people are participating in the forum representing various relevant bodies in 130 countries. The 2-day forum is scheduled to discuss a number of issues and themes of development as well as the current international financial crisis.