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Qatar to donate $10 billion for global humanitarian causes

UAE to attribute 15 percent of its budget to humanitarian work over the next four years

Qatar to donate $10 billion for global humanitarian causes
World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar will donate $10 billion to humanitarian and development programs worldwide in the next ten years, the foreign minister announced on Wednesday at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said almost half the funds would go towards education initiatives to help restraint the spread of extremism, violence and ‘loss of hope’, QNA reported.

“Neglecting education means that a whole generations would become more vulnerable to human trafficking or falling prey to terrorism,” he said.

Countries should come together through aid relief and common political action, said Al Thani, while international governments should intervene to establish ‘independent and sustainable solutions’.

Qatar spent $3.6 billion on foreign aid in 100 countries between 2011 and 2015, according to a document published by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The money was spent on providing emergency aid to disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal and to diplomatic mediation in Sudan’s Darfur region, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya, the foreign ministry said.

During the summit, the UAE’s minister of state Dr. Maytha Al Shamsi said the country would attribute 15 percent of its budget to humanitarian work over the next four years.

“By 2020, we will double our contributions to humanitarian actions. We are committed to making this summit a turning point in humanitarian action,” Al Shamsi said on Wednesday.