Office of the Quartet
Supporting the Palestinian people to build the institutions and economy of a viable, peaceful state in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem
Established in 2002, the Quartet consists of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia. Its mandate is to help mediate Middle East peace negotiations and to support Palestinian economic development and institution building.
The Office of the Quartet
The Office of the Quartet Representative was established in 2007 to support the work of the then-Representative, Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In May 2015, and with the departure of former Prime Minister Tony Blair as the Quartet Representative, the OQR transitioned to the Office of the Quartet (OQ), reporting directly to the Quartet Envoys.
The Mandate of the Office remained unchanged.
The mandate of the Office of the Quartet is to increase Palestinian economic and institutional development and empowerment, as a support towards achieving a two-state solution. In the event of a resumption of final status negotiations the OQ would support Quartet members in their efforts to realize a successful outcome.
HOW THEY WORK
The OQ’s works in the areas of energy, water, rule of law, movement and trade and telecommunication as well as economic mapping, it engages in keeping with the following strategic principles:
1. Playing a catalytic role in working towards sectoral solutions in partnership with other actors, while taking on direct responsibility for specific elements of those solutions (when the office is well positioned and requested to do so). Particular attention is paid to policies and projects that have a multiplier effect – that is an outcome which extends beyond the narrow output of the policy or project;
2. Focusing on implementation of agreements reached and announcements made by the parties, to ensure that they are translated as quickly as possible into results that have a positive impact in people’s lives;
3. Bridging between the parties and providing creative solutions that enable progress on the ground;
4. Maintaining the vertical depth of their work from the most granular, technical level to the strategic and political level while engaging the broad array of actors required to make progress, including the parties, members of the international community and others;
5. Ensuring complementarity of the OQ’s work with that of other key actors, including those which also play a convening role, including UNSCO, the Netherlands, Norway, the World Bank and the Local Aid Coordination Secretariat more broadly;
6. Continuing support to the Quartet Envoys, including their work to enable greater Palestinian sovereignty over their own affairs and to realize a final status agreement.See more