The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has concluded its participation at the first Forum on Population and Sustainable Development, titled ‘Toward a New Perspective on the Relation Between Population and Sustainable Development’ held from 14-15 April at Qatar University.

The two-day event was organised by the Social Sciences Department at the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, in partnership with DIFI, the United Nations Population Fund, Qatar Foundation for Social Work, and the Permanent Population Committee.

It aimed to discuss the relationship of the population of Qatar to sustainable development and to clarify the relationship between human resources and sustainable development in Qatar. In addition, it analysed challenges facing the role of youth in achieving sustainable development. 

Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)

Following welcoming remarks from Professor Mariam Al-Ali Al-Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University, the opening speech was given by Dr Sharifa Noaman Al-Emadi, Executive Director, DIFI, who said:

The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, whose adoption is an unparalleled achievement in shaping the objectives of the international community and a paradigm shift towards a comprehensive and integrated vision of inclusive sustainable development, applies to all people in all countries.

Poverty, vulnerability and exclusion through the development of laws, policies and programmes, measures to eradicate poverty, combat discrimination, ensure equality for all, and empower women, girls and young people to access the information, life skills and opportunities to live long and enjoy life.’

The opening also included comments from Amal Al Mannai, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation for Social Work, and Sultan Al Kuwari, Vice Chairman, Permanent Population Committee.

Following the opening, the forum commenced with three panel discussions, starting with a focus on the subject of ‘Demography and its Impact on Sustainable Development’, and followed by a discussion on ‘Population, Public Health and Sustainable Development’, before concluding with the topic ‘Socio-Economic Capital and Sustainable Development’.

On the second day of the conference, Dr Sharifa Al Emadi presented a paper on ‘Family Policies and their Contribution to Achieving the Goals of Sustainable Development’. Other panels discussed youth and family policies, sustainable development, and the role of civil society in integrating vulnerable population groups into development. 

The forum panels covered a range of topics related to population and sustainable development, and the impact of population policies on the achievement of these goals, including international migration, population changes, reproductive health, and population and environmental interactions. It studied the consequences of population ageing and issues related to children and youth, education and labour force, while also highlighting developments in methodologies and data for measuring population phenomena and assessing progress towards achieving goals related to health, education, the environment, labour force and development.

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and promote evidence-based policies at a national, regional, and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.