High-Level Briefing on Preparations for 2015 United Nations Crime Congress

Monday, 13 October 2014

New York | UNODC

On 9 October 2014, the Permanent Mission of Qatar, together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), held a High-Level Briefing on the preparations for the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held 12 to 19 April 2015 in Doha, Qatar. Next year will mark 60 years of Crime Congresses, and the theme of the 13th Congress is “Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.”

The High-Level Briefing was opened by H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed S. Al-Thani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, who welcomed States and stakeholders, and thanked them for their support of the Crime Congress. She noted that the purpose of the Briefing was to update Member States on the preparations underway for the landmark 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, including highlighting the linkages between agenda items to be discussed during the Congress and the ongoing process regarding the post-2015 development agenda.

During the Briefing, Dr. Ahmed Hassan Al-Hammadi, Vice President of the Preparatory Committee for the Crime Congress, reviewed steps taken to date to raise awareness of the importance of the UN Crime Congress and its agenda items. He also reported on the outcome of the Governmental Expert Meeting for the Crime Congress, held in Doha, Qatar, from 27 to 29 September 2014. The Governmental Expert Meeting brought together experts from each of the Regional Groups and Members of the Bureau of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) to contribute to preparations for the Crime Congress by discussing the broad framework that will guide the development of the Draft Declaration for consideration at the Crime Congress and providing further input to the draft report being prepared on the contribution the Crime Congress could make to the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.

Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, thanked the State of Qatar for hosting the Crime Congress and for its strong commitment to bring Member States and other stakeholders together to discuss important and emerging issues in crime prevention and criminal justice. He encouraged Member States and stakeholders to attend the Crime Congress and participate enthusiastically to identify common challenges and successful approaches to strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice measures and institutions.

Additional information regarding the United Nations Crime Congress and ongoing preparations can be found at www.unodc.org/congress/. The official website established by the State of Qatar for the Crime Congress is http://www.moi.gov.qa/unccpcjdoha/english/.