The opening of the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held in Vienna, Austria recently and will last until Friday this week.

In his speech at the opening, Major General Dr Abdullah Yousuf Al-Mal, Advisor to the Minister of Interior, welcomed the efforts made by member states to implement the Doha Declaration issued at the end of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015. Al-Mal urged all concerned to invest all energies and potentials in confronting and curbing the criminal challenges of organised crime, corruption, drugs, money laundering and terrorism.

He also noted the importance of launching the Global Programme for the implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Declaration in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), financing its projects on youth crime prevention through sports, rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, education for justice, integrity of the judiciary and prevention of corruption.

He also pointed out that Qatar has announced an annual prize in International Anti-Corruption Day in the name of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in support of international efforts to achieve integrity, transparency and fight against corruption.

Al-Mal invited member states to support the draft resolution submitted by Qatar and Japan as follow-up to the implementation of the recommendations of the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in preparation for the 14th Congress to be hosted by Japan.

The opening session was attended by Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to Austria, and members of the Qatar delegation.