Qatar Foundation, in coordination with Preparatory Committee for 13th United Nation Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CPCJ), recently organised the orientation session for the participating students in ‘Doha Youth Forum’, which will take place from 7 to 9 April 2015, coinciding with UN Congress.

Several speakers welcomed students at the orientation session held in Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Students’ Center.

Deputy Head of Preparatory Committee of the 13th Congress, HE Ambassador Ahmed Hassan Al Hammadi, provided students with a historical background on UN’s CPCJ Congresses, as well as the importance of these congresses in gathering experts and practitioners to unite international efforts against the new types of crimes, such as cyber-crimes, environmental crimes, etc. Dr Al Hammadi also informed students about the efforts made by Qatar to make the coming congress successful through several visits to various countries to unite visions on the discussed issues.

Head of Corruption Prevention and Economic Crimes at UNODC, Dimitri Vlassis, also talked to participants, praising the efforts of the State of Qatar and it’s Preparatory Committee in organising the coming congress, which he stressed that it can’t be successful without achieving political determination by all participating nations. Dimitri also praised the willingness of Qatari hosts to make the congress a point for start, and not a point of arrival, mentioning that the world is changing very fast, which require from international community to stand together to achieve the post-2015 development goals.

Deputy Head of Students’ Affairs at HBKU, Dr Khalid Al Khanji, also spoke at the orientation session, calling for students to use the Doha Youth Forum opportunity in making youths vice heard, asserting that the Forum will discuss the same issues discussed by the 13th congress.

Sheikha Amal bint Thamir Al Thani, CEO of Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Qatar Foundation, also explained to orientation session’s attendants the efforts made by Qatar Foundation to enhance students capabilities in many aspects of life, asserting the importance of Youth Forum in terms of providing students with opportunity to enhance their knowledge and gain new experiences.

Praising the efforts of Qatar Foundation, Group Executive Director Capital Projects, Facilities Management, HSSE at Qatar Foundation, Jassim Telfet, said:

These efforts are complementary to the efforts made by Ministry of Interior to provide security for all people of Qatar, as well Ministry’s efforts to make the UN’s Congress a successful event.

The orientation session ended by dividing the participants into three groups, having separate sessions and discussing different issues. The supervising tutors explained to students the role they could play, and the issues to be discussed. By the end of the groups’ sessions, Dimitri expressed his optimism regarding the students’ preparations for the Youth Forum, saying:

Students are willing to provide the congress with great ideas. I was surprised by two things; the first is the diversity in students nationalities and academic professions, and the second is their determination to discuss the issues provided in sessions seriously.’

The Doha Youth Forum is a Qatari initiative made for the first time in the history of UN’s crime congresses, which is organised by Preparatory Committee of the 13th Congress and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The Congress is going to take place at National Convention Center from 12 to 19 April 2015, while the Youth Forum will take place from 7 to 9 April 2015.