16 May 2018 - 11:06

Doha Declaration on crime prevention and criminal justice ‘historic’


Vienna: The State of Qatar has underlined that the Doha Declaration adopted by the Thirteenth Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a “historic document and an integrated international road map” that has integrated crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda and led the international community’s efforts to address organized crime and the establishment of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems, the consolidation of the rule of law and the achievement of sustainable development.

This came in a speech delivered by Major General H E Dr. Abdullah Yousif Al Mal, Adviser to the Minister of Interior and representative of the State of Qatar to the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, currently in session in Vienna, Austria.

In implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Declaration, the State of Qatar, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has adopted a unique initiative in the history of the United Nations congresses on crime prevention, (The World Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration) aimed at assisting States, particularly developing States, in implementing these recommendations in four main areas: judicial integrity, youth crime prevention through sport, rehabilitation of prisoners and education for justice, Dr Al Mal noted.

He added that “with the launch of this program in November 2015, we have seen a great international welcome and the desire of States to benefit from its activities, as the latest statistics of the United Nations showed  that the number of countries benefiting from the projects of the global program reached (121).

The program has reached more than 13,000 stakeholders in more than 180 countries, most of them judges, sports coaches, academics, teachers and prison practitioners, as well as awareness campaigns that have reached more than 180 countries.

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