Posted on April 04, 2015

Qatar MICE Development Institute (QMDI), a joint venture with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will be supporting the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar to deliver the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (UNCCPCJ).

The global congress taking place from 12 to 19 April in 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) will provide a forum for discussing priority concerns by Member States, policymakers, administrators, academicians and other professionals in the field. This includes highlighting the importance of global cooperation to prevent crimes that threaten international and national security such as; E-crime, rural and urban crimes, as well as intellectual property crimes, human trafficking and piracy and use of internet for terrorist activities. 

The landmark event will be hosted for the first time in the Middle East since its inception in 1955. Next year will mark 60 years of Crime Congresses, and the theme of the 13th Congress is ‘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.

U.N. Congress in Doha [].jpgQMDI will play a central role in ensuring the congress is executed seamlessly; from preparation to execution, delivering the event for more than 3,000 local and international delegates who are attending to exchange information and best practices. Hosting such prominent events in Qatar is a sign of the country’s commitment to enhancing its prominence as a worldwide MICE destination. As part of delivering an engaging congress for attendees, QMDI have been an integral part of crafting the creative concept and will ensure the project management is activated flawlessly. Guests will be welcomed at the official Opening Ceremony by performances from Caracalla Dance Group, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and a local police band.

Hamad Khalifa Hassan Al Naser, Chairman and CEO of QMDI, commented: “This is the first occasion that an event of this nature will be held in the Middle East and QMDI alongside with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) is honoured to be awarded the organisation of UNCCPCJ. Member States and other key stakeholders will come together to identify common challenges and successful approaches to strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice measures and institutions.”

“QMDI is proud to contribute to social and human development on local, regional and international level, by playing such an integral role in delivering this event. Alongside the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar, we are driving forward the state’s vision to promoting Qatar as a prominent destination for the MICE sector. In our endeavour to build on nationwide efforts towards the realisation of the Qatar’s National Vision 2030, under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, we are extremely honoured to deliver internationally renowned events and create common forums enabling vital knowledge-sharing across Qatar’s key development pillars. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to help transform Qatar from carbon-based society to a knowledge-based society for the overall benefit of the local community.”

Lt. Colonel Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of the Public Relations Department, MOI and the Head of the Media Committee for the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Doha – 2015) described the efforts made to ensure the event is delivered perfectly as a huge undertaking.

Al Muftah further added that Qatar, as represented through the Preparatory Committee, has facilitated all measures and procedures needed to make this event a great success to all sectors, organisations and attending delegates. He continued thatthe hope is for participating countries to come out with recommendations through the Doha Declaration issued at the end of the congress, with which crime prevention and criminal justice can be achieved.

Preceding the 13th UN Congress,QMDI will also organise the Doha Youth Forum hosted by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the first Student Based Global UN Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice,from 7to 9 April 2015. The forum will bring together over 100 students, high-level policy-makers and representatives from various sectors to discuss global challenges to governments and law enforcement bodies, with relevant and thought-provoking proposals being presented to the Congress.

In the run-up to the event, members of the local community are encouraged to share their views on what the rule of law means to them in the form of a photo or short video posted using the event's official hashtag, #myruleoflaw, on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. QMDI is the leading MICE Institute in Qatar, and a point of reference for the industry internationally continuously helping to bring some of the most prominent events to Qatar.