True to its original full title, the Forum will offer a sweeping overview of issues regarding Democracy, Development and Free Trade in the Middle-East, the Arab countries and the world. More broadly, this international meeting will discuss critical political, economic, social, financial, strategic and human matters of pressing concern for a region witnessing some of the most substantial changes in its very long History.


The international guests of honor this year will include some current Heads of State and Government. The Forum will also feature other distinguished opinion leaders, eminent political thinkers, decision – makers and members of parliament, renowned businessmen, academics, media figures and international organizations. These participants will contribute to a free, learned and stimulating debate on each of the many topics on the Forum's agenda, with a focus on the Arab Spring, the global financial and economic crisis, International Cooperation, Global Economy, Development, Human Rights and Digital Media.


The 13th Doha Forum will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the State of Qatar from 20-22 May, 2013. It will be attended by more than 600 participants representing over 80 countries and organizations.

HH the Emir Patronizes Opening of Doha Forum and Enriching the Future Conference

Monday May 12, 2014
Doha, May 12 (QNA)





HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized on Monday evening the opening ceremony of Doha Forum and Enriching The Middle East's Economic Future Conference at Ritz Carlton Hotel. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of their excellencies senior officials and heads of delegations taking part in the event.

It was also attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, a number of their excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers an heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the State of Qatar.


HE The Foreign Minister Dr Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah underlined that the absence of an equitable and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause threatened all endeavors towards realizing stability and security in the region.

"The difficulties and hurdles facing the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel remain the biggest challenge in the region, precluding the achievement of cherished peace and stability, '' HE Al Attiyah said,noting that fair peace could only be realized through Israel's commitment to the principles of the peace process as enshrined in international legitimacy's resolutions through the two-state solution agreed by the international community.


Those remarks were spelled out at the opening of the 14th Doha Forum and Enriching The Middle East's Economic Future Conference themed "visions on the world's strategic , economic, developmental stability".

Israel has to reconsider its decision halting negotiations with the Palestinians and imposing sanctions on them. Israel should also realize the risks belying wasting the peace opportunity, Al Attiyah added, urging the international community, especially the US to pursue peace efforts, stave off violence and conflict and bar their repercussions from impacting world peace and stability.


In the absence of an effective international authority that works for achievement of international legitimacy in its true concept and in accordance with a sound democratic method, the international order will continue to suffer from dual standards in implementing international laws and resolutions of the world community, he said.
 He noted that realizing collective security and stability require the international community's commitment to legitimacy and to the moral and legal responsibilities for realizing peoples' aspirations to stability, security, freedom and change. 


In this context, Al Attiyah noted that the humanitarian catastrophe of the Syrian people , the crimes of extermination, killing, displacement and destruction of cities at the hands of the Syrian regime all have negative impact on the situation in the region. Continuation of the crisis is attributable only to the failure of the international community to deal decisively and seriously with the problem on the basis of international law and the principles of international legitimacy, the minister said.

Al Attiyah said the international community should realize now, more than ever before, the need to find an end to the crisis, stanch blood-letting and stop the destruction, and realize the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to change while protecting the country's territorial integrity. 

The UN Security Council should act within its own authority to impose a ceasefire to protect the Syrian people against the Syrian regime's violation of international laws as reflected in the use of poisonous gases.
The Arab peoples who have been sacrificing their lives for freedom, dignity and good governance are still looking for the continuation of the reform process that has already started in order to be able to tackle the side effects of the revolts, Al Attiayh said.

An equilibrium has to be struck between the people's ambitions for security , stability and democratic change and the respect of legitimacy and equality,deepening the concepts of dialogue and tolerance and enhancing the principles of human rights, the minister said.

In referring to the economic situation, the minister noted that the world was still seeking incentives for economic growth as a conduit to realizing social justice and security stability.

Economic stability in the Middle East will certainly reflect on the international economy, and economic stability cannot be isolated from political stability, Al Attiyah said.

The challenges facing development should be tackled in order to avoid their risks and negative impact that threaten, directly or indirectly, the political and social stability, especially in the least developed countries.
This, the minister noted, could only be done through sectorial, stable development which require the building of economies that prioritize the interests of peoples. 

Al Attiyah noted that security and development are the strategic options for the welfare and well-being of peoples.

He urged the international community to help the least developed countries to realize economic and social development, recalling Qatar's efforts in extending development assistance worldwide.

And in line with the conviction that the suitable environment should be created for the progress of Qatari citizens , the Qatari government, led by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- Thani has prioritized social and economic stability. This is in line with Qatar's National Vision 2030 and relevant national strategies, the minister explained. 

Al Attiyah said the topics of discussion at the Doha forum reflected the current changes in the Arab region which were coupled with new challenges that threatened stability in the region and the world.