The Qatar-America Institute was represented at the International Forum of the America’s, appearing on the panel Envisioning the Cities of the Future.
A Summary of QAI’s Remarks
Qatar experienced an energy-driven economic boom that at one point made it the world’s fastest-growing country in the world, and made available the infrastructure that today makes it the largest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world – with 30% of global market share in that commodity – and with less than four years until it becomes the first country in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
This boom was of course enabled by hydrocarbon exports, but Qatar has built sustainability into the National Vision 2030 that was adopted as far back as 2008. That Vision has cascaded through to initiatives ranging from hosting the 2012 Conference of Parties – also known as COP 18 – that was an important milestone in concluding the Paris Agreement in 2015 (COP 21), all the way to efforts to ensure that 2022 will be the first ever carbon-neutral edition of the FIFA World Cup.
These events have acted as catalysts for sustainable management, including a drive to rationalize the consumption of water and electricity by the residents of Qatar through more realistic pricing mechanisms. That campaign is known as Tarsheed, which is Arabic for rationalization of resources. Tarsheed has succeeded in reducing harmful carbon emissions by about 5 million tons since its launch in 2012, due to the reduction in per capita consumption of electricity and water.
Food Security in Qatar has gone hand-in-hand with water conservation. The national plan for food and water security has enacted policies that have discontinued by law the practice of aquifer depletion for agriculture and incentivized the adoption of greenhouse and hydroponics technology to locally grow fruits and vegetables
About the International Economic Forum of the America’s
IEFA is a Montreal-based organization dedicated to convening global forums in four cities, including the World Strategic Forum in Miami. The Forum has grown to become a landmark organization bringing together more than 9,500 participants and over 540 speakers combined under the auspices of four annual conferences: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum in Miami and the Conference of Paris in conjunction with the OECD.
The choice of Miami for the World Strategic Forum is due to its location as the so-called “capital of Latin America” and recognition of the concentration of South American wealth and influence in Miami.
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