The global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration received wide international attention at the opening of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto, Japan. It is described as a pioneering model in helping countries, especially developing ones, in dealing with organised crime, corruption, drugs and terrorism, and in building solid criminal justice systems in addition to contributing to the implementation of the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In a statement delivered at the 14th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, HE the Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi expressed the gratitude of Qatar to the people and government of friendly Japan for hosting this conference in despite of the great difficulties resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the early agreement on in the Kyoto Declaration, which represents an effective roadmap that leads joint international efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice over the next five years.
He said that Qatar has not and will not spare any effort in combating crime, consolidating the principle of the rule of law and establishing a successful and effective criminal justice system, noting that Qatar topped the list of countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the ranking of the Global Peace Index for 2020, and ranked first in the Arab world at the Societal Safety and Security index.
He also reviewed the achievements of the Doha Global Programme that have been introduced during the Kyoto Conference. The minister made a special reference to the programme reaching 2.5mn people in 190 countries, besides the delivery of educational materials to more than 1.4 mn students, and benefiting more than 170,000 people from 187 countries from capability-building activities, in addition to the training of more than 11,000 young people on crime prevention through sport, and the training of more than 1,500 judges and public prosecutors on the issues of judicial integrity.
Accordingly, he affirmed Qatar's keenness to provide all aspects of support to the United Nations Office in Vienna on Drugs and Crime, and to actively participate in all international and regional efforts, and at the bilateral level between countries, to implement the Kyoto Declaration and achieve its desired goals.
Upon the inauguration of the 14th United Nations Conference in Kyoto, HE Dr al-Nuaimi handed over the banner from Qatar, in its capacity as President of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to Japan, stressing Qatar's keenness to provide full support to the new Presidency Japanese over the congress for the success of its tasks.
HE the minister presented the Japanese presidency, a small memento representing a boat with a sail symbolising the unity in front of the challenges and to confirm the continuity in the work of the crime prevention and criminal justice conferences, besides establishing the principle of building the conference on the achievements of previous conferences, and that the great legacy of the crime prevention conferences since 1955 would be present at all conferences.
Ambassador Sultan al-Mansouri, the permanent representative of Qatar to the United Nations and international organisations in Vienna, handed over this symbol to the Japanese presidency of the conference.