The inaugural Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice got underway with a comprehensive panel session led by a series of distinguished guests. The discussion successfully set the agenda for the next two days of meetings.
The Doha Youth Forum has been jointly organized by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the Organising Committee of the United Nations 13th Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Taking place over three days at the Qatar National Convention Centre, 120 student delegates are working together to come up with creative solutions to global issues on crime prevention and criminal justice.
The opening panel was moderated by Banafsheh Azizi, Internal Communications Manager at QF member Hamad bin Khalifa University, and covered a range of topics, including the Doha Youth Forum and the upcoming United Nations 13th Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which is taking place in Doha next week, as well as the expectations and potential outcomes of the seminars.
The panelists included: Ms Lulua Asaad, Associate Programme Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna; Professor David Mednicoff, Director of Middle Eastern Studies and accelerated Masters in Public Policy programs at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst; His Excellency Dr Ambassador Ahmed Hassan Al Hammadi, an Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Department of Legal Affairs at Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr Mark Richmond, Director of Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), a Programme of the Education Above All Foundation, based in Doha; and Dr Hassan Al-Sayed, Professor of Constitutional Law, College of Law at Qatar University,and a Judge at Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre.
A key theme across the panel was the significance of the upcoming United Nations 13th Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and the outcomes of that Conference. Ms Lulua Assad explained that as this conference was held once every five years, the results, which will be presented in the form of the Doha Declaration, will set the bar.
The topics, and therefore results, of the UN Congress will be discussed within four separate pillars. These include: the Rule of Law, Nationally and Internationally, to Support Sustainable Development; International Cooperation; New and Emerging Forms of Transnational Crime; and National approaches to Public Participation.
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