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About Qatar

Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all member states of the United-Nations in 2015, describe a universal agenda that applies to and must be implemented by all countries. The SDG Index and Dashboards Report is the first worldwide study to assess where each country stands with regard to achieving the SDGs. Sound metrics and data are critical for turning the SDGs into practical tools for problem solving. SDGs set standards not only for emerging and developing countries, but also for the industrialized nations. Governments and civil society alike can utilize the SDG Index and Dashboards Report to identify priorities for action, understand key implementation challenges, track progress, ensure accountability, and identify gaps that must be closed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

This page will expand on Qatar’s current strategic alignment towards the SDGs, including references from the numerous national strategies that have been implemented to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030. By clicking on each of the following icons, you will be directed on a brief summary to what Qatar achieved for each of the respective SDGs that Qatar has tackled or is in the process of tackling.

It is exciting to mention that HH Sheikha Moza has been selected for a second time to be an Advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals in recognition of her leading role in providing quality education, youth empowerment, and human development through her initiatives at the local and international levels.

Climate Action

Strategic Alignment

  • Qatari permanent Constitution obligates the State to provide a healthy environment that ensures the future, addresses the negative effects of climate change, minimizes pollution, conserves and protects the environment, preserves natural equilibrium.
  • Climate change is a major challenge facing countries around the world, especially the oil and gas-producing countries that have petrochemical projects and plants, like Qatar. Climate change has now become a reality, with Qatar’s average annual temperature rising by 0.3 °C over the past 40 years. This average is projected to increase by 1.5-3 °C by 2050 and by 2.3-5.9°C by 2100, which will cause many negative effects. This will result in more water stress and adversely affect labor productivity due to health effects and growth. The country is also highly susceptible to sea level rise where a rise of less than five meters will make 18.2% of Qatar’s area flooded with water by the end of the century.

Context

  • There are many paths that Qatar can take to curb the deterioration of the climate that it is so vulnerable to. An example of one of these paths is the creation of a green belt around Doha and its environs would play a major role in improving environmental and health conditions. From a health point of view, green belts and areas are the lungs through which cities breathe and a major means to reduce global warming and the erosion of ozone layer.
  • A program that Qatar is actively investing towards to curb climate change is the “Renewable Energy Program” Considering the high energy-requirements for local water and food production systems, sustainable energy sources are required to sustain the increasing demand. In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, the program aims to develop technologies for enhancing the energy utilization and the development of renewable energies will aid greatly in reversing the effects of climate change. Energy efficiency initiatives in the oil and gas industries, urban contexts, as well as the country’s infrastructure development, are key issues addressed by this program.