14 Nov 2017 - 1:00
QU workshop raises awareness on mass destruction weapons
Qatar University (QU) hosted the 7th awareness workshop on mass destruction weapons conventions on November 12, under the patronage of Qatar Minister of Defence H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah.
Organised in collaboration with the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons and Doha Regional Centre for Training on the Conventions on Weapons of Mass Destruction, the event engaged a large number of students from QU, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Community College of Qatar, and the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar. Attendees included QU President, Dr Hassan Al Derham; National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons Head, Brigadier-General Nasir Muhammad Al Ali; and QU Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, Prof Mariam Al Maadeed. The event’s programmes featured the screening of a video on mass destruction weapons conventions. It also included presentations delivered by National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons Secretary First Lieutenant, Abdelaziz Hamdan Al Ahmad; Al Wakrah Hospital Microbiology Consultant, Dr Nasser Al Ansari; National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons Radiation Expert, Prof Salwan Kamal Jamil Abboud; and QU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Dr Ibrahim Saidi.
They presented on a wide range of issues such as the objectives and achievements of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons, the biological weapons convention, the chemical weapons convention, the contemporary security risks of mass destruction weapons, and the nuclear weapons convention. Dr Hassan Al Derham, said: “I appreciate the efforts of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons to raise awareness about the threats of mass destruction weapons, which are a violation to humanitarian and religious values and national law. QU is keen to participate in such a workshop in line with its commitment to spread the culture of peace.”
Nasir Muhammad Al Ali thanked QU for hosting the workshop, saying, “This event aligns with the mission of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons to provide social awareness activities and workshops to society in general and students in particular as they are the human wealth of the nation.”
Prof Mariam Al Maadeed, said, “This workshop comes within the framework of the understanding of the State of Qatar of the huge danger of mass destruction nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It also aligns with the local and international efforts to prevent the proliferation of such weapons by recommending their abolition and investing the allocated costs to produce them to create programmes aiming at ensuring international progress and growth.”