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Peninsula On-line - World needs new system of governance, says PM

DOHA: The present system of governance is no longer suited to the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Its architecture must be based on a new vision of the world and on universally acknowledged principles so that its legitimacy is accepted by all.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,

H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, said during the official opening of the Qatar Law Forum yesterday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, that the global economic and financial crisis had taught us that we need a new governance system to redress the failures of the present world order on the basis of a set of principles, organisations and processes that will help the world in tackling the problems whose effects go beyond the borders of one country, one group of people or one area of human activity.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem said it was necessary to adopt a steady political will that works for the benefit of all. “In this world, we face common challenges in several domains, among which are economy, finance, environment and technology in addition to the political domain related to international peace and security. It is generally recognised that handling these challenges requires examining the organisational frameworks of the currently dominant global system due to the emergence of two important elements, which are: First, the fundamental changes that have occurred in the structural composition of the international community and the emergence of new poles or polar groups, and second, the diversity in the current and future needs that should be provided in order to avoid the threats resulting from their lacking.”

According to him, the threats and problems that we face in this century do not recognise national borders of countries and confronting the problems and challenges of the era can never be based on the logic of force and authoritarianism whether by military force or otherwise. “We should realise that the world has changed and it is no longer a world in which only the West interacts, rather, there are other effective elements from Asia, Africa and Latin America that led to the enforcement of interdependence and expansion of the international social texture among nations.”

The PM said the Qatari government was recognising these global policies without overlooking the cultural particularities of the society. He said the government was also “embarking on an ongoing review of its present legislation on the basis of the Constitution to modernise and harmonise it with the requirements of sustainable development and progress of the level of advancement that we seek for our country in various spheres of life. We do not rule out the possibility of needing to redress the drawbacks in the legislation, which arose as a result of the development in the legal field.”

Over 300 legal luminaries from 35 countries registered for the forum as well as 400 legal experts from Qatar coming from the Emiri Diwan, Qatari Bar Association, universities and companies. The Qatar Law Forum is the first of its kind organised in the country.


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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