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United Nations Development Programme
Arab Regional Conference on the Role of Civil Society in Implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development
RBAS - Regional Bureau for Arab States
Doha - Qatar
20 - 21 Apr 2016
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Overview
Doha - Qatar
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Qatar Social Work Foundation (QSWF),  United Nations Population Fund/ Arab Region (UNFPA), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the League of Arab States (LAS), will organize in Doha, between 20-21 April 2016, an Arab Regional Conference to address the "Role of Civil Society in Implementing Global Sustainable Development Agenda 2030". 

This Conference will be the first event, at the Global and Regional levels, to discuss the involvement of Civil Society Organizations as a partner and actor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 25 September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. 
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Contact
Maya Beydoun
Project Management Specialist
E-mail: Maya.beydoun@undp.org
Phone: +961 3 404 622

Tarek Abdelhadi
Project Management Consultant 
E-mail: Tarek.abdelhadi@undp.org
Phone: +961 3 214 355

Judy Sbaity
Junior Programme Management and Operation Officer
E-mail: Judy.sbaity@undp.org 
Phone: +961 70 100 773

Venue

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Other Information
1.Accommodation and Venue of the meeting

1.1 Meeting venue:
The meeting will be held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)
Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)
P.O. Box 34195 Doha, Qatar T: +974 4470 7000
F: +974 4470 7001E: sales@qatarconvention.com

1.2. Interpretation
There will be simultaneous interpretation in Arabic and English languages.

1.3. Hotel Accommodation
Participants are expected to arrive on 19 April and depart on 22 April 2016.
Bed & Breakfast will be covered by Qatar Social Work (QSW) for the duration of the meeting in addition to nights required by travel constraints.
Please fill in the attached registration form (Annex - II) with the relevant details and return it to the Qatar Social Work Team copying UNDP Team by 13 April 2016 latest.
Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred during their stay such as mini-bar, alcohol, telephone calls, laundry, business center, spa, etc.

1.4. Lunches and Dinners
Participants can have lunch and/or dinner at the hotel main restaurant. Qatar Social Work (QSW) will cover the cost of your lunches and/or dinners for the duration of the conference in addition to nights required by travel constraints. Alcohol, tobacco and shisha are not covered. Item Date 19 April 20 April 21 April 22 April
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
* Meals must be consumed at hotel main restaurant. No Group Signing. See section 1.3.

2.Travel/ Admin Requirements
UNDP Office at your respective country will arrange for your travel. You should be contacted shortly in this regard. If not, please contact us (UNDP Team) immediately to follow up with your UNDP CO focal point to avoid problems or delays with the issuance of your ticket.

2.1. Visa Formalities
Participants travelling with national passports from non-restricted countries (refer to Annex – I here enclosed) don’t require a pre-approved visa prior to travelling to the State of Qatar. Those travelling with valid UNLP or with national passport from restricted countries (any country that is not mentioned in Annex I) are required to obtain visa prior to travelling. UNDP in coordination with Qatar Social Work (QSW) may facilitate your entry visa to the State of Qatar on your behalf. Please send us a colored scanned copy of your UNLP and/or national passport as soon as possible to avoid problems or delays.

2.2. Transportation
Qatar Social Work (QSW) shall provide "Meet/Assist and transportation” From Hamad International Airport to the Hotel and vice versa. A sign with the name of your nominees will be shown at the airport for easy guide.

2.3. Air ticket Confirmation:
For re-confirmation of your return flight, please give your ticket to the Hotel’s Concierge to assist on this matter.

3.Facilities

3.1. Fax/ E-mail/Printing
A business center is available at the Hotel for Fax/e-mail and printing of documents. Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred from using the hotel business center services.

3.2. Internet
Free wireless connection will be available in both the rooms and the meeting room.

3.3. Voltage
The voltage in the State of Qatar is 220-240 Volts. The majority outlets accept one type of plug with three rectangular British style pins. If you travel to the State of Qatar with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts, you will need a voltage converter. Although most laptops are designed for travellers with auto-sense and auto-switch between 110 and 240 volts, participants need to check for this capability before bringing their equipment to the State of Qatar. If a laptop does not have the right plug, you will also need to bring a plug adapter.

3.4. Currency and Exchange Rate
Exchange rate: US$ 1.00 = QAR 3.641 (as per UN April 2016 exchange rate https://treasury.un.org/operationalrates/)
The US dollar is accepted in the local market. Visa, Master Card & American Express are widely used in the State of Qatar. Keep a few small notes (US$1) handy for tips to porters, bell boys, etc.

3.5. Weather
High temperatures in April range from 30°C (86°F) to 34°C (93.2°F), while night-time temperatures may fall as low as 20°C (68°F)

4.Emergency contact numbers:

4.1. Local emergency contacts
Police/ Civil Defense/ Ambulance: 999
REGISTRATION FORM / استمارة التسجيل
Please enter your Token:

General Information / معلومات عامة
First Name (as on passport) / الاسم (كما على جواز السفر(
Last Name (as on passport) / الشهرة (كما على جواز السفر)
Father’s name / اسم الأب
Short Name (as desired on conf. badge) / الاسم الثنائي(كما تريدونه على بطاقة الندوة)
Position / الصفـة
Organization / المنظمـة
Website / موقع المنظمة على شبكة الانترنت
Passport Details / جواز السفر
Nationality / الجنسية
Passport Number / رقم الجواز
Date of Birth / تاريخ الميلاد
Date of Issue / تاريخ الإصدار
Date of Expiry / تاريخ الانتهاء
Address / العنـوان
Phone / هاتف
Mobile / خليوي
Fax / فاكس
E-mail / بريد الكتروني
Postal Address / عنوان البريد
 

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