13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

13th United Nations Congress
on Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice

Doha, 12-19 April 2015

Preventing crime to build sustainable development

“There is no peace without development, no development without peace, and there is no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Protection against crime and violence is a top priority of people everywhere.

Criminal activities undermine state authority by fuelling corruption and damaging the legitimate economy. This has an impact on the quality of life of citizens, most particularly the poor, women and children. Effective criminal justice systems and respect for the rule of law are crucial for achieving sustainable development.

In a globalized inter-connected world the transnational nature of crime is one of the key challenges countries face.

From 12 to 19 April 2015, Qatar will be hosting the Thirteenth UN Crime Congress in Doha which brings together governments, policy-makers and experts to exchange their experiences and intensify international cooperation in tackling the threat of transnational organized crime.

As the international community continues to discuss the post-2015 development agenda, so the 13th Crime Congress will consider how best to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda. It will focus on links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world.

As the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has said, people aspire to be free from the grip of crime, violence, corruption and insecurity: “This basic human aspiration chimes with a growing recognition across the international community that crime is not simply a social problem, but a grave obstacle to achieving sustainable development.”

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