Creating new knowledge about climate change in Qatar and raising awareness about the need for action to tackle one of the planet’s most urgent challenges will be the focus of a newly-formed partnership between Qatar Foundation and energy and sustainable development think-tank Al Attiyah Foundation.

The two organisations are joining forces to amplify their contribution to shaping a sustainable future for the country, through a collaboration that spans education, research and a joint climate change conference in Qatar later this year.

Bank of knowledge

Through the partnership, Qatar Foundation and Al Attiyah Foundation aim to develop a new bank of knowledge on key climate change topics that can support policies and actions in Qatar. It will also build a digital platform that will provide people in Qatar with climate change information customised for the country, elevating public awareness of the issue.

Just as climate change affects every single person on our planet, the responsibility of taking care of it is one that we all share, said HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation. HE Sheikha Hind signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties to launch the collaboration.

We must empower people to recognise our collective responsibility in protecting the environment for future generations. This empowerment comes through addressing the root causes, educating and opening up opportunities for everyone to be an active steward of the earth.

She said that through this partnership and through the climate conference they will be jointly hosting later this year, Qatar Foundation and Al Attiyah Foundation will provide the education and the impetus to support a concerted, national climate action effort in Qatar.

According to Al Attiyah Foundation Chairman, HE Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, the collaboration will be the first step to ensuring that the convening power of both foundations is leveraged to contribute toward a zero-carbon world.

Joint Climate Change conference

The first project under the partnership will be to engage with all sectors of the economy and the public in Qatar in a joint climate change conference later this year. This conference will focus on issues related to Qatar’s commitment to the Paris Agreement – an international treaty on climate change that came into force in 2016 – and on efforts to address climate change.

By regularly publishing technical reports on climate change topics that have particular relevance to Qatar, Qatar Foundation and Al Attiyah Foundation intend to form an in-depth study of the global climate change picture, and the actions being taken to combat it, to support policymakers and industries in Qatar.

The website that will be developed through the partnership is also designed to fill gaps in Qatar-tailored information about the path that climate change is taking and how it can be counteracted, and to act as both a knowledge hub and an educational tool.


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