The state of Qatar confirmed in various occasions its condemnation and strong rejection of all forms of terrorism. It continues to play an active role in maintaining security and combating the phenomenon of terrorism, and continues to take the necessary actions and procedures to combat terrorism and violent extremism through bilateral, regional and multi-lateral cooperation.
Qatar has developed bilateral cooperation agreements with several countries in order to better share information and in particular prevent supporters of Daesh from receiving funding.
The State of Qatar adopts a comprehensive approach to combating terrorism and combating violent extremism and stresses the importance of addressing the root causes of terrorism and the need for concerted efforts to eliminate violence and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Terrorism is a complex socio-political phenomenon that must be combated through security efforts and long-term economic, social and educational strategies.
The state of Qatar believes in the importance of countering extremist ideologies that encourage terrorism. It confirms the importance of not to associate particular religions or cultures with terrorism and violent extremism, Qatar stresses the importance of enhancing the freedom of expression and the right to free information, but rejects using this freedom and this right as a means to justify incitement to hatred and spread prejudice against the beliefs of other peoples.
Beyond its unequivocal commitment within this international alliance, Qatar has acted for many years against the scourge of terrorism at a national level enacting laws to counter terrorism and its financing.
Qatar maintains an inter-agency national counter-terrorism committee within the Ministry of the Interior consisting of representatives from more than 10 government ministries and official institutions. The Inter-Agency National Counter-Terrorism Committee is tasked with formulating Qatar's counter-terrorism policy, ensuring comprehensive and transparent inter-agency coordination within the Government, meeting Qatar's obligations to combat terrorism under international conventions and participating in international conferences on countering terrorism.
Qatar was instrumental in the 13th UN Crime Congress adoption of the "Doha Declaration," a framework wherein the international community agreed to focus on education to prevent extremism and criminality for the next five years.
Qatar announced a new education initiative for young people displaced by conflict in the Middle East and signed a four-year US $49 million funding agreement with the UNODC to deliver projects related to implementing the Doha Declaration, including projects on countering violent extremism through prisoner rehabilitation and social integration programs, and youth education for justice.
Qatar supports the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and has provided $250,000 to support the Centre’s future activities in line with Qatar's support of international efforts in counterterrorism as a priority for the State of Qatar.
Qatar serves as a founding member of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum, which coordinates initiatives by 30 different countries, including France, Britain, Germany, Canada and the United States. Qatar hosted in May 2015 the 7th Coordination Meeting of The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).
Qatar is the only country from the Middle East that is a board member in the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), and contributed $5 million to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas.