Knowledge Economy Expert to QNA: Qatar Sets Inspiring Model for Utilizing Creativity in Achieving SDGs

Doha: The international community celebrates World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21 each year to promote awareness of their role in achieving sustainable development.

This day is celebrated based on a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly issued on April 27, 2017. It serves as an occasion to highlight best practices and shed light on the use of creative thinking and technology to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking to Qatar News Agency , Jawaher Faisal Al Khuzaei, an expert in knowledge economy and Chief Marketing Officer of Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC), stated that the concept of creative economy has become a fundamental pillar in the global economy in recent years. She emphasized that creative economy is not only a part of the economy but also a fundamental driver of growth and development in countries and societies.

She explained that this type of economy relies on the production and utilization of knowledge, considering knowledge as a key source of wealth and p
rosperity in society. This is achieved by transforming creative ideas into products and services that can be exchanged, traded, and consumed.

Al Khuzaei pointed out that the creative economy encompasses a wide range of creative and cultural industries, including heritage, arts, multimedia, and functional innovations. She mentioned that the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) provided an important definition of the creative economy, describing it as “a pattern of economic activity that relies on the use of creative assets to generate economic growth and achieve economic development.” In this context, she emphasized the importance of creativity and culture as key drivers for enhancing economic progress.

She affirmed that Qatar considers the creative economy as an inspiring model integrated into its national development strategy within the Qatar National Vision 2030. Enhancing creative initiatives is a vital part of its ambitious national vision, where art and culture are essential comp
onents encouraging creative interaction and providing platforms for artists to express themselves and develop their talents.

Furthermore, she explained that one of the driving forces behind Qatar’s creative economy is Qatar Museums, describing it as a “beacon of creativity.” She noted that this institution has not only preserved the country’s heritage but has also been at the forefront of promoting artistic innovation and cultural exchange.

She stated that HE Chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani has launched ambitious initiatives to enhance art and culture within the country and on the global stage.

Al Khuzaei added that establishing world-class museums such as the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar, the Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Lusail Museum, and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, among others, not only enriches the cultural landscape in Qatar but also attracts international attention, considering it the centers of global creativity.

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l Khuzaei emphasized that development is not merely economic growth, but encompasses environmental, social, and cultural dimensions. Qatar recognizes that culture is a driving force for sustainable development, and this understanding has been integrated into the state’s development strategies. Al Khuzaei affirmed that culture is not static, but dynamic and evolving, fostering an environment conducive to creativity and innovation, which in turn attracts talent, promotes entrepreneurship, and stimulates economic growth. The World Creativity and Innovation Day reminds people to think outside the box and surpass conventional boundaries, encouraging them to embrace calculated risks and explore new opportunities, including women and youth. Furthermore, it aids in finding solutions to critical issues such as poverty and hunger. It’s worth noting that there’s no universally defined understanding of creativity, making it an open concept subject to interpretation, ranging from artistic expression to problem-solving ski
lls within the framework of sustainable economic and social development.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Announcing the death of 5 young men in Nour Shams camp, bringing the number of martyrs to 7

Tulkarm – Ma’an – Security sources in Tulkarm reported, on Saturday, that five young men were martyred during the ongoing Israeli aggression against Nour Shams camp for the third day in a row.

She said that the occupation authorities informed them of the detention of the bodies of: Alaa Youssef Abdel Rahim, Jaafar Salim Khaled Omar, Ahmed Hossam Muhammad Shehadeh, Omar Saleh Nayef Abu Al-Rub, and Ali Muhammad Ali Abdullah, without any information about the circumstances of their martyrdom.

With the martyrdom of the five young men, the number of martyrs of the camp has risen so far to 7 martyrs, including the child martyr Qais Fathi Nasrallah (15 years old), who was transferred yesterday to the hospital, and the martyr Salim Faisal Ghannam (30 years old), who is still lying in one of the camp’s houses.

The occupation forces prevent ambulances from entering the camp to transport the martyrs.

The Red Crescent Society reported that its crews were trying to reach casualties after receiving reports in the slaug
hterhouse area of ??Nour Shams camp, but the occupation forces prevented them, pursued them, and asked them to leave the place.

The occupation forces opened fire on an ambulance belonging to the Red Crescent Society after its crew attempted to pull the body of one of the martyrs from one of the outskirts of the camp, but no injuries were reported.

The occupation forces continue their aggression against the camp by sending more military vehicles stationed in all its axes, alleys, neighborhoods and Nablus Street adjacent to its entrance, amid heavy gunfire at anyone trying to leave or approach the camp.

The occupation bulldozers carried out extensive demolition and sabotage of infrastructure and citizens’ property, affecting the camp’s bakery, commercial stores, homes, fences, and the destruction of vehicles, in addition to the interruption of electricity, water, communication networks, and the Internet. This attack was described as the most violent and worst in months.

The occupation forces are raiding doz
ens of citizens’ homes, introducing police dogs into them, searching and vandalizing them, arresting young men, beating and abusing them, and deploying their snipers on the roofs of tall buildings. They have also blown up a number of homes with Energa guided missiles.

So far, 12 people injured by live bullets and severe beatings have arrived at the Martyr Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital and the Al-Isra Specialized Hospital in Tulkarm, and their injuries were described as minor to moderate.

Source: Maan News Agency

10 martyrs in the ongoing occupation aggression in Tulkarm

Tulkarm – Ma’an – 10 young men were martyred since the beginning of the Israeli aggression against Nour Shams camp in Tulkarm, which has continued since the day before yesterday.

The occupation army spokesman said that the occupation soldiers killed 10 Palestinians during the operation that has been ongoing for more than 40 hours in the Nour Shams camp in the city of Tulkarm in the West Bank.

The army added that 9 Israeli soldiers were also injured in Nour Shams camp.

Source: Maan News Agency

Tulkarm launches an urgent appeal to save Nour Shams camp

Bethlehem – Together – Tulkarm Governorate institutions and activities launched an urgent appeal to countries around the world and international institutions to pressure Israel to stop the occupation army’s invasion and siege of Nour Shams camp, which has been ongoing for two days, resulting in the martyrdom of two young men, the injury of dozens, and the demolition of homes.

It also called on the institutions in Tulkarm to allow medical teams to enter Nour Shams camp and to stop the aggression against the camp and the difficult conditions that the camp people have been suffering under under the siege that has been in place for two days, the shortage of food and medicines for patients, especially chronic diseases, the blackout of electricity and water in several areas, and the state of panic and intimidation that they are experiencing. Children and the elderly do.

The Israeli occupation forces continue their aggression against Nour Shams camp for the third day in a row. The Palestinian Red Crescent crews ar
e prevented from reaching the injured and martyrs inside the camp.

The aggression resulted in the death of at least two citizens, one of whom was a child, and the injury of others, four of whom were hospitalized.

Source: Maan News Agency

7 new injuries – the occupation continues its siege of Nour Shams camp

Tulkarm – Ma’an – 7 citizens were injured this Saturday morning, by bullets from the occupation forces in the Nour Shams camp in Tulkarm, which the occupation army is still besieging for the second day in a row.

Red Crescent crews reported that this morning, their crews transported 7 people injured by occupation bullets in Nour Shams camp to the hospital.

Since yesterday, at least two citizens, one of them a child, were martyred, and others were injured, four of whom were taken to the hospital, while eyewitnesses from inside the camp said that five young men were martyred, and the occupation forces are still holding their bodies and preventing ambulance crews from reaching them.

On Thursday evening, the occupation forces, accompanied by military bulldozers, stormed Nour Shams camp and imposed a siege on it, amid acts of sabotage and deliberate destruction of the infrastructure and citizens’ homes and property.

The occupation forces carried out raids and search campaigns that affected dozens of homes, duri
ng which they arrested dozens of young men, assaulted citizens, and abused them.

The occupation forces pushed more military reinforcements into the camp, amid heavy gunfire and light bombs, coinciding with intense flights of reconnaissance aircraft in the sky of Tulkarm and the region.

Source: Maan News Agency