The Doha Declaration 2015 till now has benefited 8,329 beneficiaries in more than 166 countries, including 4,862 beneficiaries in the awareness and education activities and its various initiatives, and 3,467 beneficiaries in the technical support.
The Doha Declaration 2015, which was adopted at the end of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar in April 2015, was one of the largest programs implemented together between a country and the United Nations.
The State of Qatar provides the largest support in the history of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) by any State, which has been effectively reflected in the development and promotion of policies in various areas. It has contributed to addressing crime, transnational organised crime and new crimes, especially in cybersecurity, and has a positive impact on international peace and security.
The UNODC’s meet today in New York will focus on the achievements of the World Program for the Doha Declaration and efforts to achieve the goals of its main initiative namely Education for Justice. The meet will discuss the value of education as a source of security from drugs, crime and terrorism, and as a major contributor to the rule of law through change and modernization.
The event will be addressed by H E Sheikha Alya bint Ahmad Al Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, Major General Abdullah Yusuf Al Mal, Advisor to the Minister of Interior, and Chairman of the Follow-up Committee for the World Program for the Doha Declaration and Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC.
As a result of the multiple activities in line with the Doha Declaration programmes, clear and concrete achievements were made during 2015-2018, based on its four components; Judicial Integrity, Prisoner Rehabilitation, Youth Crime Prevention through Sports and Education for Justice (E4J).
Based on UNODC’s extensive expertise in assisting member states in these areas, the Judicial Integrity aims to assist judicial institutions in promoting judicial integrity and fighting corruption in the justice system in accordance with Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
The most prominent initiative was the launching of the Global Citizenship Initiative for the Learning of Legal Cultures, which was signed in partnership between the United Nations Office for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and UNESCO aimed at strengthening the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Regarding the education for Justice, The UNODC and Unesco, in line with this component, have taken a number of initiatives aimed at developing a set of guidance and educational materials to strengthen education systems and strengthen the capacity of policy makers and teachers to plan and implement educational activities that address the causes and motives underlying unlawful behavior.
For prisoner rehabilitation, It aims to prepare prisoners for post-release and successful integration into the community through prison programs and post-release support programs. Within this component, many constructive rehabilitation programs are being implemented, based on the Doha Declaration. The experts have agreed that the first steps of community reform for the prisoner would be through social reintegration and in line with principles of Nelson Mandela, as well as expanding cooperation with international organizations dealing with social dimensions and social responsibility. Total beneficiaries of prisoner rehabilitation reached 904 persons in 64 countries so far.
The number of beneficiaries of this component has so far reached more than 6466 in more than 28 countries.