Qatar to hold 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention

Cynthia Prah  National Information Officer UNDP briefing the press Photo Michael Ayeh (6)The 13th United Nations (UN) Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will take place in Doha, Qatar from April 12 to 19.

The congress, which would adopt a comprehensive and balanced approaches to prevent and respond to new and emerging forms of transnational crime, is themed: “ Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the Rule of Law at the national and international levels, and public participation’’.

It is expected to bring together governments and policy makers to share experiences on security, justice and rule of law and also intensify international cooperation on tackling the threat of transnational organised crime.

The congress will focus on links between security, justice and rule of law, and the attainment of a better equitable world.

Mr. Dimitri Vlassis, Executive Secretary of the Crime Congress, disclosed this at a media briefing held at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) office in Accra.

According to him, the congress would focus on crimes such as human trafficking, migrant smuggling, corruption and weak governance, cybercrime, and wildlife and forest crime.

Mr. Vlassis said successes and challenges in implementing comprehensive crime prevention and criminal justice policies and strategies to promote the rule of law at the national, regional and international levels would be discussed at the congress.

“Crime transcends borders and hence there is the need for international co-operation including the regional levels to combat transnational organised crime,” he said.

Mr. Vlassis announced that the congress would create the platform for four workshops to address the role of the UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses to evolving forms of crime such as cybercrime and trafficking in cultural property and public contribution to crime prevention and raising awareness of criminal justice.

Chief Superintendent Dennis Abade, Director of Intelligence Unit at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, said the police would present the new criminal trends which had emerged in the country at the upcoming congress.

Additionally, they would share ideas at the congress with other countries to know how to tackle the new criminal trends that are rising.

He said strategies were being put in place to prevent the new trends emerging in the country and stressed that, currently, police officers were undergoing special training for such crimes.

The UN crime prevention congresses are held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics.

By Joseph Edu Archison and Joy Addae-Madzi

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