Qatar has signed a host of United Nations partnerships on the sidelines of the Doha Forum in order to strengthen cooperation between the world body and the Gulf state, including the establishment of four new UN offices in the country.

The UN and Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding on Sunday, endorsing cooperation between both parties, which includes the establishment of a Junior Professional Programme and a multi-year non-earmarked contribution of $500m to fund UN agencies.

Doha also signed an agreement with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and an agreement with the UN Office for Counter-Terrorism. The four new UN offices to be opened in Qatar are for the UNICEF, International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The agreements were signed by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General on the sidelines of the Doha Forum.

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