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2015-04-20

Organizing committee of the 13th UN CONGRESS ON CRIME PREVENTION: The World Vows to Turn Doha Declaration into Action in the Fight Against Crime

DOHA, QATAR. April 20, 2015. In closing the 13th Congress on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha on 19 April, His Excellency Abdullah
bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and President of the
Congress expressed hope that delegates would return to their countries to
implement the pledges they had made in the Declaration. He also called on
all Member States to also take with them the recommendations produced by
their younger counterparts at the first ever Doha Youth Forum on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice, held 7-19 April.

Similarly, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury
Fedotov, said that the event had set a very high bar for the future, and that
the key task now was to turn the Congress's Declaration into action.

"This Congress has provided a solid platform for the international community
to recognize the tangible links between the rule of law and sustainable
development. We must build on those links as we set our sustainable
development agenda for the next 15 years," he said.

This year's congress was the first to have the UN Secretary General, the
President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and
Social Council in attendance. It was also the first, in the 60-year history
of crime congresses, to adopt its agenda early, to hold a dynamic youth forum
and to pass the congress's declaration on the congress's first day.

None of this could have been achieved, Fedotov said, without the "wisdom and
farsightedness of the Qatari government who have, from the beginning of this
long journey, been certain and steadfast about the direction of the
congress".

Mr. Fedotov ended his speech with a call to action. He said, "As you take the
journey back to your capitals and to your homes, I call on you, in the name
of justice and fairness, and human rights, to turn this powerful document
into the action that can help people.everywhere."

By the 13-page Declaration, participants acknowledged that sustainable
development and the rule of law were strongly interrelated and mutually
reinforcing. They reaffirmed their commitment and strong political will in
support of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems
and the institutions comprising them.

To those ends, they agreed to a number of specific actions, including the
adoption of comprehensive and inclusive national crime prevention and
criminal justice policies and programmes; ensuring the right of everyone to a
fair trial without undue delay; reviewing and reforming legal aid policies;
mainstreaming gender perspective and youth-related concerns into criminal
justice efforts; and countering corruption and enhancing transparency in
public administration.

The eight-day Congress was attended by around 5,000 participants from 149
countries. Nearly 200 meetings were held covering a wide range of topics.
These ranged from the rule of law to smuggling of migrants, and from
combatting wildlife crime to violence against women and children.

End

For the full text of the Doha Declaration, click
onhttp://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.222/L.6

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From Closing Ceremony (picture 2)
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