Posted on November 24, 2014

The 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is taking place in Qatar for the first time in April 2015. And Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), alongside its partners the Ministry of Interior and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is offering students the unique opportunity to participate through its joint initiative, the Doha Youth Forum.

The Doha Youth Forum will take place from 7th to 9th April 2015 at Qatar National Convention Centre (pictured), ahead of the 13th United Nations Congress. Designed to give young people in Qatar the chance to help shape international law and public policy by recommending solutions to global issues, it supports QF’s mission of nurturing the future leaders of Qatar. The UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will feature high-level policymakers and specialists from around the world, and will focus on current and emerging challenges to governments and law enforcement bodies.

The Doha Youth Forum will follow a parallel agenda. It will address three key themes, including: the effectiveness of crime prevention and criminal justice systems, both within individual countries and globally; the responsibilities of the general public and civil society in improving criminal justice systems; and how to identify and combat new types and methods of crime. Therefore, the Forum will serve as a platform for students to discuss and create realistic proposals to present at the Congress.

Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management, said, “Qatar Foundation is delighted to partner with the Ministry of Interior and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on this important initiative. Improving the quality of life for all is integral to our mission, and I believe young people in Qatar will make a contribution that will benefit people everywhere.”

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Dr Khalid Al-Khanji, Student Affairs Vice-President, QF’s Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), explained that the Doha Youth Forum is a rare opportunity for young people in Qatar to influence the decision-making of an international body. “Crime is one of the greatest threats to our security and our freedom, and the nature of crime is changing fast due to globalisation and technological developments. It is vital that the views of young people are heard in this debate, I believe there will be a strong response to our call for students, as their contributions will help to build a better future for all.”

The Doha Youth Forum is open to students in Qatar of all backgrounds and disciplines. Participants will be organised into three groups of 30 – 50 members, and each group will debate and draw up proposals on the three designated themes.  A specially appointed team will be on-hand to provide support, offering delegates expert advice and training, as well as the opportunity to present to UN representatives. 

Registration is open for students between the ages of 16 and 26 via the Doha Youth Forum website, and the deadline for applications is 30th November. Selected participants will be required to attend an orientation event at HBKU Student Centre in Education City on 14th January 2015 from 16:30 to 19:00. For more information and to apply, please visit: