Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) continues its preparation to host The Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in collaboration with the Organising Committee of the United Nations 13th Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice from 7 to 9 April 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

Through the Doha Youth Forum, which precedes the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha from 12 to 19 April 2015, QF is seeking to nurture and develop young Qataris in order to achieve its mission of unlocking human potential and promoting a culture of excellence.

Executive Director of the Department of Health and Safety, Security and Environment at QF, Sheikha Amal bint Thamir Al Thani, said:

This forum provides an important opportunity to empower young people and ensure a rich and rewarding experience on practical and personal levels. This is closely aligned with Qatar Foundation’s mission to promote human capability, to support the growth of the state and the Qatar National Vision 2030, and a culture of creativity and innovation in society. This conference will help develop the capability of young people, and allow them to acquire the educational, scientific and life experiences that enable them to take responsibility and leadership in the future. Since the conference is held under the auspices of the United Nations, it provides young participants with the experience and environment that simulates the work within the international organisation.’

The Forum is a unique initiative launched by Qatar to actively engage young people in discussions related to crime prevention and criminal justice, and familiarise them with the role and functions of the United Nations. In addition, the forum aims to discuss issues faced by students in the region and the problems caused by crime and how to prevent it through concrete and practical solutions.

Director of Public Relations at the Department of Ministry of Interior, Colonel Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, issued a statement about the importance of organising the forum in Doha, saying:

The Doha Youth Forum provides the students in Education City with an outlet to demonstrate their capabilities and skills, and reflects their contributing to, and participating in, issues debated by the Conference. The forum is also a Qatari initiative that is the first of its kind in the history of the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.’

Colonel Al Muftah added that the forum had made great strides in international coordination and cooperation between Qatar Foundation and the Preparatory Commission in organising the event.

QF received a total of 185 applications, of which 123 have been accepted. This comprised of 46 males and 77 female students. Most of the applicants are between the ages of 16 and 26. Among the students selected to participate in the Forum, 31 students are from Qatar, 15 from India, 11 from Pakistan, nine from Egypt and seven from Jordan.

At the conference, the student delegates will be asked to role-play the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to discuss the three main themes – the first being ‘the successes and challenges in the implementation of comprehensive policies and strategies for the prevention of crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels and to support sustainable development’.

The second is ‘national approaches to public participation in the strengthening of crime prevention and criminal justice’. The third is ‘to enhance crime prevention and criminal justice, which will also include new forms of crimes such as cyber-crime and trafficking in cultural property, with the lessons learned applied to international cooperation to address the procedures’.

The conference will compile a final report to be presented at the culmination of the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at a ceremony to be held at QNCC. Currently, students and organisers are actively engaged in finalising all the preparations required to qualify the applicant students for effective participation in the Forum.

The aim of the conferences on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which are held every five years, is to discuss global challenges to government and law enforcement bodies by high level policy-makers and representatives of various sectors, as well as exchange experiences in the field of research and development of laws and policies to identify trends and issues that arise in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.