Qatar Launches Discussions on Sustainability at Rio + 20
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Qatar Launches Discussions on Sustainability at Rio + 20

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Qatar Launches Discussions on Sustainability at Rio + 20 PR Newswire RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012 RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar's vision for innovative green growth and development took center stage at the Qatar National Pavilion at Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al-Nabit, Secretary General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) set the tone for the days discussions and stressed the importance of Qatar's National Vision 2030: "We return to Rio de Janeiro twenty years later to discuss the challenges of the 21st century. Sustainable development is crucial to Qatar's National Vision 2030, and we are here to showcase how Qatar will fulfill this ambition". By combining smart infrastructure, progressive social programs, ambitious education systems and world-class research and development, Qatar's Vision 2030 serves as an example for emerging nations committed to economic diversity, sustainable growth and opportunities for its people. Through the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar has committed to investing its resources in sustainable growth and development, building a foundation for long-term prosperity for this independent Gulf state. "Qatar's National Vision 2030 outlines the strategies for balancing economic growth with social and environmental progress," said Datuk Dr. Richard Leete, the GSDP Social Development Department Director said.

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Qatar Launches Discussions on Sustainability
at Rio + 20
PR Newswire
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO
,
June 21, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Qatar
's vision for innovative
green growth and development took center stage at the Qatar National Pavilion
at Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. His Excellency Dr.
Saleh Al-Nabit, Secretary General of the General Secretariat for Development
Planning (GSDP) set the tone for the days discussions and stressed the
importance of
Qatar
's National Vision 2030: "We return to
Rio de Janeiro
twenty
years later to discuss the challenges of the 21st century. Sustainable
development is crucial to
Qatar
's National Vision 2030, and we are here to
showcase how
Qatar
will fulfill this ambition".
By combining smart infrastructure, progressive social programs, ambitious
education systems and world-class research and development,
Qatar
's Vision
2030 serves as an example for emerging nations committed to economic
diversity, sustainable growth and opportunities for its people. Through the
leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani,
Qatar
has committed to investing its resources in sustainable growth and
development, building a foundation for long-term prosperity for this
independent Gulf state.
"
Qatar
's National Vision 2030 outlines the strategies for balancing economic
growth with social and environmental progress," said Datuk Dr. Richard Leete,
the GSDP Social Development Department Director said. "It is important that
the public and private sectors move ahead in step, pursuing their goals
together."
An exceptionally rapid rise in population -- averaging 15 percent per year
between 2004 and 2008 --has generated challenges that cut across all
segments of society and infrastructure, Leete explained. Addressing these
issues in nations like
Qatar
requires a comprehensive environmental
management system that mitigates the impacts of rapid population growth and
the high levels of urbanization in
Doha
.
"The nation has already made leaps forward in terms of sustainable operations
of its key industries," shared Director of Qatar Petroleum's Health, Safety and
Environment Regulations and Enforcement Directorate Saif Saeed Al-Naimi. By
recovering emissions that were once flared and re-processing those gases in
the system, hydrocarbon facilities in
Qatar
are well on their way to measurable
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. These significant investments in
developing new technologies in the field and laboratory are promising returns
in high-value services and products for the industry -- a win for
Qatar
's
economic diversification strategy, as well as the environment.
In addition to the progress led by the industrial sector,
Qatar
's research and
development programs are producing technologies and advancements in
science that are establishing the Nation as a center of excellence on the most
critical problems of our time. "The Qatar Science and Technology Park is
engaged in research that ranges from alternative fuels to robotic surgery," said
Mohammad Al-Khaldy of QSTP. Not only are these initiatives improving
standards of living throughout the world, but they are also diversifying the
Nation's economy.
"We are proud to share these examples of
Qatar
's leadership on sustainable
development in Rio," said His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al-Nabit, "This is a
collaborative effort to implement a vision that helps our nation continue to take
advantage of the opportunities it has for progress while also insuring that the
society and environment we live in remains the kind of place we are all proud
to call home."
About GSDP
The Qatar General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) sights are set
on the long term, pursuing initiatives that make a difference in the lives of
Qatar
's citizens and people, and that are sustainable over many years. In
everything it does, GSDP recognizes the important interdependencies and
trade-offs among development goals and constraints and accordingly aims to
integrate all national development efforts so that they are mutually reinforcing
and sustainable.
GSDP's relevance to
Qatar
's national development hinges on its ability to
consult, involve, convene and influence a whole range of stakeholders and to
initiate and guide dialogue on important issues. GSDP is therefore committed to
communicating with and engaging stakeholders in order them keep them
abreast of development progress and strengthen its partnerships with them,
while building understanding of the purpose of the national development
strategy and how it will bring tangible benefits for the people of
Qatar
.
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