HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar to Receive ADC Global Leadership Award, and HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned to Receive ADC Global Humanitarian Award
Washington, DC | June 9, 2008 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani will receive the ADC Global Leadership Award and HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned will receive the ADC Global Humanitarian Award. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani became the new Emir of the State of Qatar on June 26, 1995, continuing the rule of the Al-Thani family that began nearly two centuries ago. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned is the Consort of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Sheikha Mozah shares her husband’s vision to make Qatar a prosperous, developed and sustainable society and has expanded that vision globally.
HH Sheikh Hamad has been a leader in providing for the impoverished in times of need across the world, and in peace negotiations between opposing parties across the Middle East. In 2004, the State of Qatar was extremely generous in providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the Asian Tsunami. In 2005, the Qatar Katrina Fund was established to provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. $100 million were disbursed through this independent platform, providing direct assistance to victims of the hurricane through local organizations involved in rebuilding projects and initiatives. “We Are All Witnesses,” a new book published by the Qatar Katrina Fund, takes an in-depth look at the State of Qatar‘s ongoing efforts to rebuild the north-central gulf coast of the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005. To read more about the book, please visit http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/index.php?mod=article&cat=BookReviews&article=605.
In 2006, Qatar was instrumental at the United Nations in demanding a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. Under HH Sheikh Hamad’s leadership, Qatar provided much needed aid and funding to Lebanon in the months that followed. This aid helped Lebanon begin the rebuilding process. Most recently, Qatar took a leadership role in bringing together the different political parties in Lebanon. The pivotal meetings in Doha resulted in agreement by the two opposing parties to elect Lebanon’s new president, Michel Suleiman. Qatar is renowned as a Middle East peacemaker and a key player in ensuring the well being of the region, and populations across the globe.
During the last several years, Sheikh Hamad has represented Qatar on official state visits and at numerous international forums. His role as a leader and diplomat has earned him worldwide honors including the the Order of the Nile from Egypt, the Order of King Abdul Aziz from Saudi Arabia, and the Lebanese Order of Merit.
HH Sheikha Mozah, as President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has spearheaded legislation and organizations to care for families and encourage the development of women and children. Through the establishment of The Qatar Foundation, Her Highness created projects to provide economic and social assistance to families. On an international level, Her Highness promotes the development of a strategy to sustain Arab families.
HH Sheikha Mozah works to establish centers of excellence and enable opportunities for the people of Qatar, particularly within the areas of family, education, science, community, health and cultural heritage. Her Highness’s work has been recognized internationally by three honorary doctorates from US universities. HH Sheikha Mozah was appointed by UNESCO as Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education. In 2005 she was selected as a member of the United Nations High Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations, set up by the Secretary General of the UN to develop creative mechanisms for fighting terrorism.
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