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Gabon, Madagascar hail Qatar for NAM meet success
2012-02-14

DOHA FOREIGN Ministers of Gabon and Madagascar praised Qatar for the successful hosting of the third Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the Advancement of Women. "The Doha Declaration and the Programme of Action adopted by the participants at the plenary session of the NAM meet represent a significant turning point for women's progress in the NAM countries," Gabonese Foreign Minister Paul Bundkal Latha said on Tuesday. Latha said the Doha Declaration at the NAM meeting, which concluded on Tuesday, will enhance the international commitment to women's rights as per the global treaties and the Millennium Development Goals. He said that Qatar's hosting of the meeting was a continuity of the women-oriented meetings held in Malaysia in 2005, in Guatemala in 2009 and the convention in Beijing in 1995. The Gabonese foreign minister pointed out that the Doha meeting's agenda included a number of mechanisms designed to induce governments to implement their commitment to the empowerment of women and their advancement. The Gabonese minister further said that such meetings called on the international community to take into account the rights of women as one of the pillars of development and adoption of programmes that promoted this concept. The Gabonese foreign minister hailed relations between Qatar and his country, stressing the keenness to strengthen ties in different fields, particularly the exchange of experiences and expertise for the advancement of women. "Qatar's model of women empowerment can serve as an example which can be followed by the countries of the region," Latha said. Madagascar Foreign Minister Pierrot Jocelyn Rajaonarivelo stressed that Doha's hosting of the conference on women's advancement offered the participating countries an opportunity to discuss means of strengthening the notion of gender equality and women empowerment in different fields. "The conference supports the complete interactive participation of women in their society," Rajaonarivelo said on Tuesday. Rajaonnarivelo said that the Doha Declaration will contribute to the progress of the international commitment to women's rights in accordance with its action plan to bolster institutional strategies at both the local and national level. "It is also necessary to use the essential tools to strengthen the notion of gender equality, women empowerment, achieving global education, guaranteeing equal participation in decision-making process at all levels and fighting violence against women," Rajaonnarivelo added.

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