3th-UN-Congress-on-Crime-Prevention-and-Criminal-Justice-Doha-QatarA training workshop on preparatory works of 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice started on Sunday 1 February 2015 at Civil Defence officers’ club.

The 4-day training workshop was inaugurated by the Advisor of HE Minister of Interior Major General Abdullah Yusuf Al Mal, who is also the chairman of the preparatory committee of the UN Congress.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Dr Ahmad Hassan Al Hamadi, Vice Chairman of the Committee, and Brigadier Badr Ibrahim Al Ghanim, Director of the Technical Office of the Minister of Interior. The participants include members of organising committee, officers from Ministry of Interior and representatives from Foreign Ministry, Public Prosecution and General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

According to Major General, Dr Abdullah Yusuf Al Mal, the elements involved in the preparation of the congress was prepared in accordance with joint studies done by the concerned bodies from Interior and Foreign Ministries to choose the best of views for the success of the conference, whereas the conference is held in GCC for the first time over the past 60 years. He added that Qatar had set all preparations for the successful conduction of the congress in accordance with the decisions of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and Foreign Ministry along with Qatar Foundation and Public Prosecution. He pointed that Qatar had presented two initiatives concerned with the conference. The first one is the youth forum to be held on 7 to 9 April 2015 that precedes the congress. A high level meet also will be held for the first time during 12 to 14 April 2015, which will be attended by the heads of many countries and delegates of Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Justice and Public Prosecutions from different states.

An introductory presentation was done in the workshop by an officer from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, on the activities of the UNODC and UN policy-making in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

The second presentation pointed out that the Vienna acts which works to put forward policies and standards to combat crime and criminal justice has submitted its recommendations at the opening of the UN session in accordance with the different levels to approve all matters relating to the fight against corruption and human trafficking, illegal immigration and illegal trafficking in drugs. He added that these decisions are based on what has been discussed in the Vienna, referring to the importance of the Doha Declaration.

The second session dealt with introduction about the conference and preparatory phase with reference to the regional preparatory meetings, and provisional agenda and topics under discussion and the structure of the preliminary procedures and consultations for the conference, a high-level side for the first and second committees and other workshops and sub-meetings.

The workshop will conclude on Wednesday 4 February 2015. The final day session will discuss the United Nations conventions on international crime and logistics and issues related to preparing the Thirteenth UN Congress.