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 Funding Agreement to Implement Doha Declaration



An agreement between Qatar and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was signed in Vienna on Friday 27 November 2015. According to the agreement Qatar will fund to deliver projects related to justice, prisoners, youth and justice education that were highlighted by the Doha declaration adopted by the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Qatar by Maj. Gen. Dr. Abdullah Yousuf Al Mal, Advisor to HE Minister of Interior who is also chairman of the Doha Declaration Implementation Committee and by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN in Vienna, Ali bin Khalfan Al-Mansouri.

Viewed as a lasting legacy to the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Doha in April of this year, the agreement is intended to help countries achieve a positive and sustainable impact on criminal justice and the rule of law in all regions of the world. This funding will be used to continue to advance the Doha Declaration and to ensure that UNODC builds projects and programmes that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. These projects will help people and communities in almost 80 countries especially the developing countries and least developed countries.

Projects under the agreement include strengthening judicial integrity and the prevention of corruption fostering the rehabilitation and social integration of prisoners, and preventing youth crime through sports and a major initiative called "Education for Justice".

The signing of the agreement is considered as a comprehensive commitment of the state of Qatar to the rule of law and justice. The Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress, articulates a global commitment to crime prevention and criminal justice. It calls for fair criminal justice systems, upholding human rights, preventing corruption and enhancing transparency and promoting child and youth concerns within the criminal justice system, among others.