Doha Debates brings together diverse perspectives for vibrant dialogue on urgent issues. In partnership with Shared_Studios, our Doha Portal provides a curated space to learn, question and connect.
Connecting people around the globe isn’t just about computers or phones. Shared_Studios’ Portals use physical spaces — like shipping containers, school buses and even inflatable rooms — coupled with technology to make people feel like they’re sharing the same space with somebody elsewhere in the world.
Through curated events like discussions, performances and informational sessions, the Doha Portal brings human connection to the forefront and allows people from all across the world to meet, share ideas and opinions and pursue solutions to global issues.
Ramadan 2022 activations
The Doha Portal is located at Oxygen Park in Education City.
Connection 1: April 7, 9 – 10 p.m. Doha time | The power of storytelling through film | Kigali, Rwanda
Cinema holds the incredible ability to address stereotypes, fight false narratives, expose truths and, in some cases, shape individual and cultural identities. In this connection, the Doha Portal brings together filmmakers and film enthusiasts from Doha and Kigali to discuss how cinema is one of our most powerful tools for revealing, documenting and preserving our lives and cultures.
Connection 2: April 15, 9 – 10 p.m. Doha time | The challenge of preserving cultural heritage | Harsham Refugee Camp, Iraq
In the face of globalization, safeguarding elements of cultural heritage — especially traditions, customs and social practices — is becoming a serious challenge. In this Doha Portal conversation, we’ll discuss the importance of keeping traditional practices alive for future generations — and how to do that in a rapidly changing world.
Connection 3: April 18, 9 – 10 p.m. Doha time | Education as a tool for refugee empowerment | Harsham Refugee Camp, Iraq
Refugee camps across the globe often struggle to meet the needs of the people who live there. This is especially true when it comes to education: A continuous shortage of instructors, classrooms, teaching tools and learning materials makes quality schooling difficult, and children are often out of school for years, which massively impacts their lives and futures. In this Portal connection, we connect Doha youth with the community in Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil to discuss the importance of providing sustained education to refugees and other historically underserved populations.
Connection 4: April 21, 10 – 11 p.m. Doha time | Art as a driver for social change | Mexico City, Mexico
Throughout history, works of art have sparked important dialogues about social and political issues, challenged our thinking and provoked emotion that leads to action. In this Portal conversation, we’ll connect artists from Doha and Mexico City to discuss how they use their work to illuminate local and global issues and to advocate for change.
2022 Doha Forum activations
Activation 1: March 26 | 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Doha time
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | The Climate Conversation: Climate financing | Kigali, Rwanda
The United Nations estimates that more than $3 trillion is needed to achieve its sustainable development goals, meaning that public and private stakeholders need to fund solutions that mitigate the impacts of global warming — especially on the poorest and most vulnerable communities. The Doha Portal will provide young entrepreneurs in Kigali and Doha Forum attendees an opportunity to discuss the role of public and private sectors in climate financing, and exchange ideas about the obligatory contributions of countries most responsible for the climate crisis.
12 – 2 p.m. | The Climate Conversation: Youth-led policy change | Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda
From forming local initiatives to leading strikes, young people are continuously finding ways to respond to the global climate crisis. However, when it comes to official decision-making, they often find that their voices go unheard. What does genuine inclusion of youth in climate action look like? How do we ensure that this inclusion is effective and ongoing? To tackle these questions, the Doha Portal will connect young climate activists in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement with policymakers participating in the Doha Forum in a conversation about strengthening and sustaining youth participation in climate-related policymaking.
2:20 – 4 p.m. | The Education Conversation: The role of education in protecting children in conflict | Harsham Refugee Camp, Iraq
The surge in humanitarian crises around the globe has led to hundreds of thousands of children living in conflict zones. As many of these conflicts persist over years or even decades, generations of youth are deprived of their fundamental right to quality education. In this Doha Portal conversation, we connect attendees at the Doha Forum with young Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq to discuss the importance of providing uninterrupted education for children in conflict areas, and the vital role it plays in their protection and quality of life.
4:30 – 6 p.m. | The Climate Conversation: Affected but unheard | Bamako, Mali
From Haiti to Nigeria, Yemen to the Philippines, countries in the global south — as well as Indigenous populations and communities of color in the global north — are often left out of conversations on climate change. Despite being the most affected by the climate crisis, these communities remain silenced and sidelined in both decision making and media coverage. The Doha Portal will provide a space for young climate activists in Bamako to connect with policymakers attending the Doha Forum to discuss the climate-related challenges they face in their communities, and the different ways that they fight for change and justice.
Activation 2: March 27 | 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Doha time
10 – 11:30 a.m. | The Climate Conversation: The impact of climate curriculum | Kigali, Rwanda
Ninety percent of the world’s youth live in low- and middle-income countries, and they are among those who bear the brunt of the climate crisis. These young people deserve equal access to climate-change education to better equip them to take action. However, many education systems — especially those in countries most affected by climate change — lack critical climate-action curriculum and resources. The Doha Portal offers a space for young people in Kigali and policymakers participating in the Doha Forum to discuss ways of reimagining educational systems so that environmental and sustainability education is a core pillar.
11:45 – 1:30 p.m. | The Climate Conversation: Climate change and conflict | Gaza, Palestine
Our planet’s biodiversity — which is essential to healthy, functioning ecosystems — is being radically altered by climate change. These changes impact communities in areas of conflict and occupation most severely. In the Doha Portal, young people from Gaza will have the chance to connect with policymakers attending the Doha Forum to discuss the environmental impacts of climate change on the Gaza Strip.
1:45 – 4 p.m. | The Sports Industry and Youth Activism: A winning combination? | Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda
Professional sports associations and athletes have a tremendous amount of influence, captivating and inspiring sports-lovers across the world. When their visibility is combined with youth activism, real change is possible. At the Doha Forum, the Doha Portal will connect young athletes in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement with public figures to discuss how the sports industry can team up with young activists to take on the world’s most pressing crises, using their combined power to impact issues like inequality and climate change.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | The Climate Conversation: A way to clean energy | Bamako, Mali
It is crucial to identify real energy system solutions that respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change — moving beyond emissions reduction and accelerating a global transition to clean, renewable energy. The Doha Portal will expand the climate conversation by connecting young climate activists from Bamako with policymakers participating in the Doha Forum to discuss viable clean energy solutions for a more sustainable world.
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These portals connect the world
“The Doha Debates Portal has been an eye-opening experience for me both as a Lithuanian and an aspiring journalism student. To be instantly connected in real-time with someone across the world for a discussion is fascinating. I was able to ask questions that are vital for me, directly hear genuine opinions and responses and challenge my perception of global issues for the better.”
Journalism Student | Northwestern University in Qatar
“In the portal, we connected to Gaza City. The topic that we decided to touch on is sport, and how sport can bring people together. But the issues coming out there were really interesting because sport was linked to gender equality.”
Former President of Mauritius
“Via the portal, I had the chance to connect with people in Erbil in Iraq, discover what life is like in Iraq and learn more in depth about their culture and food. It was a nice experience engaging in the Portal!”
Primary School Student | Qatar Academy Wakra School
“I enjoyed talking to people in the United States via the Portal. It was really interesting to know how is it like there, especially with racial discrimination. [We also talked] about capitalism and changes that can help us adapt to social responsibilities in different societies.”
Mechanical Engineering Student | Texas A&M University in Qatar
How to participate
Stay up to date on upcoming Portal connections by following the @DohaPortal Instagram account, and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #DearWorld and #DohaPortal.