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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.

Life Below Water

Strategic Alignment

It is known that rapid development and population growth are pressing the natural environment. This necessitated the integration of biodiversity conservation into the NDS. For this reason, the original 2004 National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans were updated to review, prioritize and make targets more specific, realistic, time-bound and in line with the QNV 2030 and the NDS-1.

Context

  • With a 550-km coastline, Qatar’s area is nearly 11,627 km2. Qatar has a number of islands, rock ranges and shallow waters on the coast. It also has land habitats, such as mangroves and swamps, in addition to sand dunes, rocky and gravel areas, valleys, coral reefs and diverse marine life.
  • In terms of marine species, 402 species have been registered in addition to 57 species of plants, 15 species of mammals, 379 species of invertebrates, 15 species of birds and 20 species of reptiles. Six species are endangered, 22 are vulnerable and 7 are near threatened. Rapid industrialization, climate change, invasive species, water scarcity and habitat erosion pose significant threats to biodiversity.
  • Due to Qatar’s rich marine cultural heritage and a biodiverse environment, the creation of the Environmental Science Center (ESC) was necessary. The mission of the ESC is to understand and protect this precious natural resource for the benefit of the Qatari people. The ESC, as the premier environmental science research center in Qatar will utilize state-of-the-art resources to conduct cutting-edge research in Marine Science (including physical & chemical oceanography, and marine biology); Atmospheric Science; and Earth & Terrestrial Sciences.