13th UN Crime Congress Concludes in Doha
The 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which started on 12th Apri1 2015 in the capital of Qatar, concluded yesterday afternoon at Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.
HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar and President of the 13th UN Crime Congress Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani announced the closure of the Congress by approving the ‘Doha Declaration’ on the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice in to the broader work of the United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels and public participation.
Delivering the closing remarks, the president of the 13th Congress said that the Congress helped a lot for the exchange of information and experiences for the world that would add to fulfill states’ efforts for crime prevention and criminal justice in order to realize the sustainable development. This congress attained tremendous achievements in calling for the implementation of ‘Doha Declaration’ and the recommendations of the 13th UN Crime congress.
While delivering the closing remarks, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said that the event had set a very high bar for the future, and that the key task now was to turn the Congress’s Declaration into action.
Mr. Fedotov noted the congress was the first to have the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and Social Council in attendance. It was also the first, in the 60-year history of crime congresses, to adopt its agenda early, to hold a dynamic youth forum and to pass the congress’s declaration on the congress’s first day.
None of this could have been achieved, he said, without the “wisdom and farsightedness of the Qatari government who have, from the beginning of this long journey, been certain and steadfast about the direction of the congress”.