Doha Youth Forum to be Held from 7-9 April 2015
05/04/2015

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The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development held a press conference on Sunday, 5 April to announce the activities of the Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held on 7-9 April 2015 with the participation of more than 120 students from different nationalities from all universities in Qatar.

The press conference was attended by Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director, Capital Projects and Facilities Management at Qatar Foundation, Dr. Khalid Al-Khanji, Vice President of Student Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of UNODC's Crime Conventions Section and Executive Secretary of 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The conference witnessed big participation of media persons and representatives of international news agencies.

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Engineer Jassim Telefat said that the Qatar Foundation is all prepared to hold the Doha Youth Forum which precedes the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Jusitce in Doha from 12-19 April 2015 in order to unlock the human potential and promote culture of creativity and excellence.

He added that the Forum is a unique initiative launched by the State of Qatar for the first time in the history of UN Congress, to actively engage young people in discussions related to crime prevention and criminal justice, and discuss issues faced by students in the region and the problems caused by crime and how to prevent it through concrete and practical solutions.

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He pointed out that the conference will provide a golden chance to the young people to acquire the educational, scientific and life experiences and raise their viewpoints to the United Nations by presenting the proposals of the Youth Forum in 13th UN Congress.

Dr. Khalid al Khinji said that the Youth Forum will be participated by students from all universities whereas the participation in this forum is a great opportunity for young people not to hear the voices of officials at the highest levels, but to shape their future and even have a role in making it. He added that a total of 123 students from 35 nationalities have been selected from a large number of entries, who are specialized in different arts and sciences.

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Dimitri Vlassis pointed out that it was better to put the outlines by the future leaders of young people, to build up the future that they want and they want to live in it and correct the mistakes that we committed. “We are very excited about this initiative to be held on the sidelines of the congress, which is regarded as one of the largest United Nations conferences in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

In response to a question about the United Nations strategy for the dissemination of the culture of awareness of the law and the fight against crime, Mr. Vlassis emphasized the UN efforts and coordination with all concerned parties, pointing to the importance of education in crime prevention and the participation of educational institutions in this aspect. He added that education can play key role to overthrow crime as we have many examples for that in outstanding educational initiatives and here is a good effort by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and community Development that proves that the desire and enthusiasm still exist.

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The conference will compile a final report to be presented at the culmination of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at a ceremony to be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.