Qatar hosts first youth forum on crime prevention and criminal justice
Qatar’s Minister for Youth and Sports H.E Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali inaugurated the ‘Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice’, which is being organized by Qatar Foundation in collaboration with the Preparatory Committee of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The three days ‘Doha Youth Forum’ which is held prior to 13th UN Crime Congress being held from 12 to 19 April 2015, is a first ever initiative by the government of Qatar targeting the youth in the history of UN Crime Congresses, with the participation of 120 students from 35 nationalities.
Inaugurating the forum, H.E Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali stated that the studies and researchers have found that the education, awareness, availability of chances for self-expression and acquiring life skills and professionalism are the major pillars that prevent the youth from crimes and Qatar is highly prepared to nurture the potentials of the youth in order to bring them up as the future leaders.
“The Doha Youth Forum is a unique initiative and the first of its kind in the history of the UN Crime Congress presented by the state of Qatar to engage youth on issues and challenges that the existing and future society face especially in the fields of education and health”, he added.
H.E Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, said “Qatar believes that the rule of law is the basis of peace and stability at the national, regional and international levels and an important element for the development and prosperity of nations. Instillation of the culture of respect for the law and mutual responsibility is the only way to achieve the world that we want and this will not be realized without the involvement of youth being the real engine of change towards a better future. The leadership in Qatar sees this forum as a step forward for a stable and secure world under the rule of law. No progress shall be achieved without the contribution of youth in decision making of future policies”.
She underscored that a small percentage of offenders are juveniles and youth who are ignorant of the laws and sanctions so that the family has a key role to prevent the youth from deviation.