SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE
UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND ISLAMIC SOCIAL FINANCING
"We are all in this together"
The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 SDGs, is universal and it calls for action to ensure no one is left behind. This means mobilizing all resources - technology development, financial resources, capacity building - and dynamic multi-stakeholder partnerships to deliver effectiveness and impact. The Special Adviser works with the private sector and Islamic Social Financing stakeholders to support the UN's effort to achieve the SDGs.
Dr. Al Meraikhi was appointed as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2019. In line with the Secretary-General’s vision and efforts to address the root causes of humanitarian disasters and conflicts, to take more preventative measures, and improve the quality of the United Nations’ response, Dr. Al Meraikhi is appointed to support the Secretary-General's ongoing outreach in broadening and strengthening engagement and dialogue with member states, particularly in the Global South, and with the private sector.
Dr. Al Meraikhi was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon as his Humanitarian Envoy in December 2016. This appointment was reaffirmed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. As Humanitarian Envoy to the Secretary-General, Dr. Al Meraikhi worked closely with the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs focusing on supporting multilateral humanitarian response efforts by raising the profile of humanitarian crises with Governments and non-governmental organizations and increasing their engagement with the international humanitarian community.
Dr. Al Meraikhi's experience includes work with the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Ambassador. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Al-Meraikhi joined the UN CERF-Advisory Group as a member in November 2013 and elected to be the Vice-Chair in October 2015. Dr. Al-Meraikhi served as Vice President of the Qatar Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activity since 2014. He simultaneously served as the Founding Director of the International Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (2010-2016) and had served as Director General of the Qatar Development Fund (2010-2015). In 2008, Dr. Al-Meraikhi began his association with charitable associations; serving as Vice Chairman of the Qatar Coordination Committee for Charity Associations (2008) whose primary objective was to coordinate activities and assist in developing Qatari civil society. He served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Education Above All Foundation (2011-2016) and served as Vice Chairman for the Standing Committee for the rescue and relief work and humanitarian assistance in the affected areas of sisterly and friendly countries (2010-2016).
He holds a Master's Degree and Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom.
As the SG Special Adviser and in line with the Secretary-General ‘s vision and efforts to address the root causes of humanitarian disasters and conflicts, to take more preventative measures, and improve the quality of the United Nations’ response, Dr.Al-Meraikhi is appointed to support the Secretary-General's ongoing outreach in broadening and strengthening engagement and dialogue with member states, particularly in the Global South, and with the private sector.
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From 2017 and 2019, hundreds of millions of people required humanitarian assistance and protection. It is estimated that 1 in every 45 people in the world are now in need – the highest figure in decades. The United Nations and partner organizations sought to bring assistance to nearly 200 million of the most vulnerable people.
On a global level, the United Nations led the efforts for humanitarian disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 15 specialized UN agencies are active in different aspects of the humanitarian sector including country humanitarian response plans, regional refugee response plans and other appeals, making the effective coordination and integrated delivery of humanitarian support a challenge. Providing humanitarian assistance is not just about funds but also about making actors more efficient and increasing communication and understanding across entities and sectors. During my time as the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy, I saw how varied stakeholders can come together to face the growing humanitarian challenges to improve the lives of those most in need.
THE SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL INTERVIEW WITH AL-JAZEERA
Al-Jazeera hosted Dr. Ahmed Al-Muraikhi while he was a humanitarian envoy to the United Nations Secretary-General to talk about the role of the international organization in providing assistance to the displaced and refugees due to violence and war in Myanmar, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
The Global Humanitarian Action Executive Alliance (GHAEA)
are business leaders dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action and accelerating progress towards achieving SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals in delivering humanitarian assistance.
Combining the expertise and innovative skill of the private sector to work with the United Nations and respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies to meet growing global needs.