Qatar Completes Preparations for 13th UN Crime Congress…

110 Ministers and 5000 Delegates from 142 countries

His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar will inaugurate the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice tomorrow, 12th April 2015 morning at Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, Presidents of the UN General Assembly and the UN Economic and Social Council and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes Office, more than 110 ministers including prime ministers, ministers of interior, foreign affairs and justice and public prosecutors will attend the opening ceremony. Official representatives of 142 countries also will attend the Congress held in Doha, capital of the state of Qatar from 12 – 19, April 2015.

“Qatar is all prepared to host the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice from 12-19 April 2015 at Qatar National convention Centre in Doha. All preparations are completed to welcome the high-level international delegates from around the world” stated the advisor to H.E the Minister of Interior of Qatar and Chairperson of the Preparatory Committee of the 13th UN Crime Congress Maj. Gen. Abdullah Yousuf Al Mal in a press conference held at Qatar National Convention Center in Doha today, 11/4/2015 morning. Secretary of the 13th UN Crime Congress Ms. Jo Dedeyne Amann also attended the press conference.

Maj Gen Abdullah Al Maal
Maj Gen Abdullah Al Maal, advisor to H.E the Minister of Interior of Qatar and Chairperson of the Preparatory Committee of the 13th UN Crime Congress

Talking about the participants in the Congress, Maj. Gen. Al Mal said that the Secretary General of the UN Mr. Ban Ki-moon will attend the Congress. It is worthy to mention that this is the first time a UN Secretary General participates in the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. About 5000 delegates from 142 countries and high level delegates including more than 110 ministers, governmental officials and experts from many regional and international institutions will attend the 13th Congress in Doha.

Qatar was privileged to host the UN Congress as recognition to its outstanding efforts at regional and international level in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice. H.H Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir

of Qatar had declared in the General Assembly of the UN that the objectives of the post-2015 development agenda really envision the next generations, added the Chairperson of the Preparatory Committee.

The participating countries have jointly agreed on the Doha declaration to be made at the final phases of the Congress. The Doha declaration was the most important aim of the state of Qatar to host this UN congress whereas the declaration includes the objectives of the new millennium, Al Mal pointed out. Moreover, the Doha Youth Forum, which was held in advance of the UN Crime Congress was a unique initiative presented by Qatar which marked as first of its kind in the history of the UN Crime Congresses, he added.

Explaining about the agenda of the Congress, Advisor of the Minister of Interior said that, for the first time, the Congress will witness a high profile meeting on 12th and 13th of April where the ministers of external affairs, interior, justice and public prosecutors will attend from around the world for discussing the policies of countries in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice. This will be followed by workshops for participants until 19th

April. In addition to the main program of the Congress, 230 associated workshops will be conducted and these workshops will cover 75 specialized subjects related with crime prevention and criminal justice.

As a first initiative of its kind, the 13th Congress will launch a knowledge center on the subject of Congress where 26 international experts will be available to answer the queries of the media personnel and participants as well. In addition to this, the visitors can collect specialized materials related with topics of the Congress. Another initiative of Qatar for this Congress is the Associated Exhibition with participation of 60 exhibitors in an area of 10000 square meters, said Maj. Gen. Al Mal.

In the framework of the preparation for hosting this congress, the Committee launched an intensive media campaign through websites, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Google Plus with the aim of spreading the message of the congress to different segments of the society and delivering it to the maximum numbers of the community members, without limiting its reach to only the experts who are taking part in the Congress. With the

same objective, the organizing committee conducted a drawing competition for the students of the schools for expressing their ideas and views towards crime prevention and criminal justice in their own way. Selected numbers of the drawings will be showcased in the associated exhibition of the Congress.

Talking in the press conference, the secretary of the 13th UN Crime Congress Ms. Jo Dedeyne Amann said that the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which will be opened here tomorrow, has all the potential to become another milestone in the history of the work of the international community to prevent and address crime in all its forms and manifestations.

First of all, substantively, the meeting comes just a couple of months before the international community is meant to agree (in September) on the post 2015 sustainable development goals, which will be setting the agenda for the next 15 years. Member States had this clearly in mind when they decided upon the theme of this Congress, which places the crime prevention and criminal justice work into the broader UN agenda and

which is in itself an acknowledgment of the fact that sustainable development and the rule of law are strongly interrelated and mutually reinforcing. The agenda of the Congress includes themes that have an impact on the lives of citizens all over the world, such as the treatment and social reintegration of offenders; trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; new and emerging forms of transnational crime such as f.e. cyber crime; trafficking in cultural property or wildlife crime and the importance of public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice, added Ms. Jo Amann

She also commented that, in terms of preparations, in my function as Secretary of the meeting, I would like to pay tribute to our Qatari hosts, who have shown an exceptional commitment in preparing this meeting, including the personal engagement of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, who will be the President of the 13 Crime Congress.