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Gulf Times - PM stresses rule of law to face challenges
By Ourouba Hussein
The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister has called for a new governance system to redress the failures of the present world order in the light of the economic crisis.
“This should be on the basis of a set of principles, organisations and processes that help the world in tackling the problems,” HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani explained in a keynote address at the opening session of Qatar Law Forum yesterday.
The world is facing common economic, financial, environmental technological and political challenges that required an examination of the organisational frameworks of the dominant global system, he observed.
Speaking on ‘Redefining global governance,’ the Prime Minister maintained that these challenges emerged from changes in the structural composition of the international community, the emergence of new poles, as well as the diversity in current and future needs.Confronting challenges could never be based on the logic of force, he urged while noting that the West was not the sole player in the world.
Other active players, who have emerged from Asia, Africa and Latin America, have led to the interdependence and expansion of the international social texture among nations.
Stressing that the first victims of the financial crisis were the biggest economic powers, Sheik Hamad emphasised the need for the adoption of a steady political will achievable through the power of law.
“Even in armed conflicts, the triumphant often undergo grave post-conflict damages,” he remarked.
Sheikh Hamad recalled that an initiative launched by Qatar, Swiss Federation and Singapore, included an international research programme integrating all active parties, such as countries, non governmental organisations and business sector, in order to incite the emergence of a vision regarding crucial reforms and the amendments of rules and regulations.
The Prime Minister also noted that the consolidation of the rule of law at the national level was not sufficient unless adopted at the international level, as countries were not isolated from one another.
He stressed the need for the organisation of the international relations, in terms of maintaining rights and imposing duties based on the rule of law.

under the patronage of H.H. the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani , H.E. Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al-Thani inaugurated the Forum works

PM to open Qatar Law Forum today 30- 5-2009


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