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2018 Doha Forum Brings World Community Together

The 2018 Doha Forum was held in its namesake city this year from December 15-16, 2018 and brought together key leaders from the international community under the Forum’s theme “Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World.”

The 2018 Doha Forum was launched with an opening address by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar. His Highness stressed the need for free speech and dialogue between the Gulf countries.

The Financial Times reported on the mission of this year’s Doha Forum:

“The 2018 Doha Forum brought together political figures, thought leaders, governmental agencies, and civic society organizations with the aim of facilitating dialogue about how conscious policymaking can guide us to our global tomorrow. The forum addressed today’s urgent issues and ways the international community can come together to solve them. The forum also highlighted the modern success models and discusses how we can expand on them and replicate them. Through active and responsible global leadership, our possibilities are limitless.”

 

Below are some highlights of key 2018 Doha Forum developments, events, speeches, and speakers:

 

  • Qatar Announces USD Half Billion in Aide to UN Agencies

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Qatar Fund for Development today signed agreements with multiple United Nations agencies to support humanitarian, counter-terrorism and relief programs around the world on the sidelines of Doha Forum. The multi-year assistance to ten UN agencies amounts to USD 500 million, including 28 million to the UN Development Program (UNDP), 8 million annually between 2019 and 2023 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4 million annually to UNICEF and 15 million annually to the Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC).

 

  • Announcement of the Doha Forum Award

The first Doha Forum Award will be given in 2019 to recognize outstanding achievements in diversity, dialogue and diplomacy, and will be worth half a million US Dollars.

 

Opening address by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar:

 

Keynote address by HE  António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:

 

Key Speakers:

  1. H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
  2. H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly
  3. H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister, Somalia
  4. H.E. Teodor-Viorel Meleşcanu,Foreign Minister, Romania
  5. Wolfgang Ischinger (moderator), Chairman, Munich Security Conference
  6. Brett McGurk, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
  7. Vladamir Voronkov, U.N. Undersecretary General for Counter Terrorism
  8. Peter Bergen (moderator), Vice President for Global Studies & Fellows, New America Foundation
  9. H.E. Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Minister of Finance, Qatar
  10. H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance, Turkey
  11. Christian Sewing, CEO, Deutsche Bank
  12. Chris Giles (moderator),  FT Economics Editor
  13. Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Minister of State at the Department for International Development
  14. H.E. Sigmar Gabriel, Member of the Bundestag (Parliament), Former Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  15. H.E Dr. Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution
  16. Ibrahim Kalin, Special adviser to President Erdogan and the Presidential Spokesperson
  17. Julien Barnes-Dacey (moderator), Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme,  European Council on Foreign Relations
  18. Michael Rich, President, RAND
  19. Alain Gresh, Editor, OrientXXI
  20. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive director, QCRI
  21. Nicholas Enfield, Director, Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Institute, University of Sydney
  22. Steve Clemons (moderator), Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
  23. H.E. Moussa Mara, Former Prime Minister of Mali
  24. Yéro Boly, Former Defense Minister, Burkina Faso
  25. Hannah Armstrong, Senior Sahel Consultant, International Crisis Group
  26. Phillip Carter III, Consultant, The Mead Hill Group, Former US Ambassador to Ivory Coast
  27. Rinaldo Depagne (moderator), West Africa Project Director,  International Crisis Group

 

About the Doha Forum 2018

Full list of Speakers – 2018 Doha Forum

Full list of Sessions – 2018 Doha Forum

Full Schedule – 2018 Doha Forum 

 

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