QFC, Working with UN to Address Global Humanitarian Issues
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world’s leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, announced its support and collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy during its annual Ramadan Suhoor event.
The collaboration will see QFC facilitate the increased mobilisation of the private sector on key global humanitarian issues, as well as assist in the promotion of these challenges to increase awareness among the greater business community. This comes after QFC’s participation to the Global Humanitarian Action Alliance in Davos, Switzerland, and their private sector engagement event which was recently organised in Doha by Qatar Chamber.
The first initiative from this collaboration is QFC’s support and promotion of the Hope for Gaza initiative, organised by the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy HE Dr Ahmed al-Meraikhi, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and Qatari Composer Dana Al Fardan.
The campaign aims to mobilise financial resources during the holy month of Ramadan to support the services provided by UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. The QFC has created a dedicated webpage to encourage contributions to this humanitarian initiative.
Held under the theme ‘Unity in Diversity’, QFC’s Suhoor event this Ramadan emphasised the importance, extent, and impact of its social investment programmes and how socially responsible business practices can impact global humanitarian issues and the ever-increasing need for greater engagement by the private sector in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was attended by representatives from key UN agencies, QFC firms and other key stakeholders of their humanitarian initiatives led by Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi, Ali Hassan Al Hammadi and Dana Al Fardan.
QFC’s Social Investment programme has seen over 22 partnerships with various stakeholders around the country, while over 60 recurring volunteers from QFC took part in its Busmah initiative which engaged with a number of organisations. Other important QFC CSR programmes include establishing a financial literacy programme for the hearing impaired, from which 18 students already graduated.
QFC’s CSR and Social Investment strategy ‘United for Good’ underscores QFC’s long-term commitment to its ethical, social and environmental responsibilities, and focuses on two key pillars – Youth and Education and Community Development, with special focus on encouraging Financial Literacy within the local community. The programme play an instrumental role in driving socially-conscious initiatives that address the long-term needs of the community.
For more information about QFC and their humanitarian programmes, visit qfc.qa.