Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN) and the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN, organized a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on Family Relations and Flexible Work Arrangements: The Way Forward, on July 6, 2021.

The forum opened with an introductory remark by Her Excellency Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN, succeeded by a welcome remark by Dr. Sharifa Noaman Al Emadi, Executive Director, DIFI.

The event also included a panel discussion, featuring His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Meraikhi, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General; Mr. Khalid Al Naama, Family Policy Director, DIFI, a member of Qatar Foundation; and Dr. Sara Ali Abdulla, Research Fellow, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University. The panel was moderated by Ms. Renata Kaczmarska, Focal Point on the Family, DISD, DESA, UN.

The discussion covered several topics taken from the perspective of the UN, academics, policymakers, youth, and parents. It provided an overview of policies and procedures practiced around the globe in implementing flexible work arrangements and how such structures positively impact relations, parental roles, shared responsibilities within the family sphere.

This forum is part of DIFI’s Doha Briefing initiative, which aims to provide a platform for governments, civil society, and UN entities, to engage in a dialogue to develop a better understanding of the progress made by families and the challenges they face and to exchange valuable lessons concerning new evidence and innovations targeting families.

To watch the video, click on the link:https://youtu.be/ixQmAYJWGjg

Mr. Khalid Al Naama presentation click here

Dr.Sara Al-Abdulla presentation click here