Pakistan WE-NET participated in the 18th edition of the Doha Forum, held on 15th – 16th December, 2018, which brought together decision and policy makers from around the world, heads of states and governments, representatives from the private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations; to discuss the shaping of policy in an interconnected world.
The conference was inaugurated by the Emir of Qatar, and addressed by the UN Secretary General António Guterres, UN General Assembly President, María Fernanda Espinosaand the UN 2018 Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad.
The focus areas of the forum addressed the interconnectedness of policy making through four main themes: (i) Security, (ii) Peace and Mediation, (iii) Economic development, and (iv) Trends and transitions.
During the two-day event, important economic, political, and security related issueswere discussed in various sessions, such as the growth potential of emerging markets and the impact on the global economy; prospects for international trade and investment, water sustainability and food security, how to effectively counter terrorism in an interconnected world; and the role of women in conflict resolution.
Established in 2000, the Doha Forum is a global platform for dialogue, bringing together leaders in policy to build innovative and action driven networks. It is the largest gathering of world leaders outside the UN General Assembly. European Council on Foreign Relations, International Crisis Group and Munich Security Conference were the strategic partners of Doha Forum.