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The Office of the Quartet (OQ) was established in East Jerusalem in 2002 by the Quartet on the Middle East, consisting of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, with a mandate to help mediate Middle East peace negotiations while supporting Palestinian economic development and institution building.

History

Between 2007-2015, the Office was known as the Office of the Quartet Representative and at the time was established to support Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

On April 24, 2014, at a State Department event, Secretary of State John Kerry and then Quartet Representative Tony Blair appointed De Boer Head of Mission with a specific mandate to implement the Initiative of the Palestinian Economy.[1] De Boer has given several interviews about his role, including one with the YPO, in which he said the two-state solution is the only viable solution. In an interview with CNBC, he talked about Office of the Quartet's role in economic development, and said the Office and a new, related nonprofit deal catalyst, Shurook, want to find $1 billion in outside investment for the Palestinian economy. The Office works with the Palestinian and Israeli governments to create pro-investment policies and win permissions for specific projects, he said. "We do the pre-development work before an investor feels comfortable that they can make an investment," he said.[2]

In June 2015, Tony Blair resigned as Quartet Representative.[3] Following Blair's resignation, the position of Quartet Representative was not replaced and the Office of the Quartet Representative transitioned into what is now the Office of the Quartet. The Office now reports to the Quartet Members with a mandate to increase Palestinian economic and institutional development and empowerment to support achieving a two-state solution.

Strategic Principles

The OQ works in the major areas of energy, water, rule of law, movement and trade and telecommunication as well as economic mapping. The OQ is committed in engaging and keeping with the following strategic principles:[4][5]

1. To play a catalytic role in working towards sectoral solutions while partnering with other actors and 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 i.e. with an outcome that extends beyond the narrow output of the policy or project;

2. To focus 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. To bridge between the parties and providing creative solutions that enable progress on the ground;

4. To maintain the vertical depth of its 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. To ensure complementarity of its work with that of other key actors, including those which also play a convening role.

Funding[Between 2007-2015, the Office was known as the Office of the Quartet Representative and at the time was established to support Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

On April 24, 2014, at a State Department event, Secretary of State John Kerry and then Quartet Representative Tony Blair appointed De Boer Head of Mission with a specific mandate to implement the Initiative of the Palestinian Economy.[1] De Boer has given several interviews about his role, including one with the YPO, in which he said the two-state solution is the only viable solution. In an interview with CNBC, he talked about Office of the Quartet's role in economic development, and said the Office and a new, related nonprofit deal catalyst, Shurook, want to find $1 billion in outside investment for the Palestinian economy. The Office works with the Palestinian and Israeli governments to create pro-investment policies and win permissions for specific projects, he said. "We do the pre-development work before an investor feels comfortable that they can make an investment," he said.[2]

In June 2015, Tony Blair resigned as Quartet Representative.[3] Following Blair's resignation, the position of Quartet Representative was not replaced and the Office of the Quartet Representative transitioned into what is now the Office of the Quartet. The Office now reports to the Qua

On April 24, 2014, at a State Department event, Secretary of State John Kerry and then Quartet Representative Tony Blair appointed De Boer Head of Mission with a specific mandate to implement the Initiative of the Palestinian Economy.[1] De Boer has given several interviews about his role, including one with the YPO, in which he said the two-state solution is the only viable solution. In an interview with CNBC, he talked about Office of the Quartet's role in economic development, and said the Office and a new, related nonprofit deal catalyst, Shurook, want to find $1 billion in outside investment for the Palestinian economy. The Office works with the Palestinian and Israeli governments to create pro-investment policies and win permissions for specific projects, he said. "We do the pre-development work before an investor feels comfortable that they can make an investment," he said.[2]

In June 2015, Tony Blair resigned as Quartet Representative.[3] Following Blair's resignation, the position of Quartet Representative was not replaced and the Office of the Quartet Representative transitioned into what is now the Office of the Quartet. The Office now reports to the Quartet Members with a mandate to increase Palestinian economic and institutional development and empowerment to support achieving a two-state solution.

The OQ works in the major areas of energy, water, rule of law, movement and trade and telecommunication as well as economic mapping. The OQ is committed in engaging and keeping with the following strategic principles:[4][5]

1. To play a catalytic role in working towards sectoral solutions while partnering with other actors and 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 i

1. To play a catalytic role in working towards sectoral solutions while partnering with other actors and 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 i.e. with an outcome that extends beyond the narrow output of the policy or project;

2. To focus 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. To bridge between the parties and providing creative solutions that enable progress on the ground;

4. To maintain the vertical depth of its 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. To ensure complementarity of its work with that of other key actors, including those which also play a convening role.

The Office has been funded by contributions, including from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.

Current Focus Areas

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