The nature of challenges that the world is facing has changed since World War II, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said during a panel discussion at Doha Forum yesterday.
“The nature of challenges has changed and evolved since World War II. From traditional warfare, it has moved to cyber warfare and economic warfare,” he noted while taking part in a plenary session on ‘Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World’.
The other members at the panel discussion were Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission; Jane Harman, director, president and CEO, Wilson Centre; and B?rge Brende, president, World Economic Forum.
The session was moderated by Dr Robin Niblett, director, Chatham House.
“All countries need to be engaged and all countries have equal rights as well as equal responsibilities in the modern world. The African Union is a success story while many other regional frameworks have not performed well,” HE Sheikh Mohamed noted.
As for climate change, he said Qatar is focused on sustainable development. “We make sure that we are not affecting the environment. We ensure that the global challenge of climate change is addressed in the right way. We are working with companies to address environment challenges with the use of the right technologies,” pointed out Sheikh Mohamed.
Highlighting some of the success stories, Mahamat said the present problems of Africa are terrorism and cross-border crimes. “We have a strategy to meet these challenges. We have solved many of the problems such as the ones related to Congo and Sudan.”
Harman highlighted the changes that have taken place since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. She also noted that the US should not retreat from its engagements and partnerships but join and revitalise all the allies, including the United Nations.
Brende stressed the need for collaboration and mutual support in a multipolar world.
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