Qatar affirms commitment to combating cybercrimes
October 04 2019 10:04 PM

QNA/New York

Qatar has said that it is actively seeking to enhance information security within the country. While encouraging international co-operation in combating cybercrime, Qatar noted that it was a victim of cyber-piracy, which was a cover for plotting the Gulf crisis that has severely harmed regional and international security and stability.

Stressing its commitment to support United Nations' efforts to combat crime, cybercrime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption and terrorism, Qatar reiterated its stance of addressing the root causes to eradicate them. Qatar also noted that its commitment in this area is reflected in His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's invitation for holding an international conference to discuss ways of tackling the issues in international law. His Highness the Amir also asserted that Qatar is ready to host this conference under the auspices of the United Nations and to exert all efforts with international partners to make it a success.

This came in a statement by Qatar, delivered by Hessa al-Kuwari, member of Qatar's delegation partaking in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, before the Third Committee on crime prevention and criminal justice. Qatar is seeking to strengthen its co-operation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to build national capacities of states, enhance the security of computer networks and support regional and international co-operation to provide a safe and robust cyber environment, Hessa al-Kuwari said.

She pointed out that the Ministry of Transport and Communications will organise the 5th Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom) under the theme 'Safe Smart Cities' as well as the meeting of the main group of the Munich Security Conference between October 29 and November 1.

Al-Kuwari pointed out that the world is witnessing an increase in the phenomenon of misuse of information resources and technologies, pointing that the Doha Declaration of the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was instrumental in supporting efforts to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the United Nations' agenda to address social and economic challenges and strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels.

She also referred to the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration funded by Qatar and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with a view to accelerating the implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Declaration by strengthening the capacities of countries, especially developing countries in several areas. Al-Kuwari said that the programme has been able to build capacity, raise awareness and make a long-term impact in the areas of justice, fighting corruption, immunising youth from crime through sport, rehabilitation and integration of prisoners, and education for justice. The programme also reached more than 600,000 beneficiaries, including judges; youth and children in school and universities; prisoners and law enforcement.

"In particular, the programme has been able to train more than 6,000 young men and women as part of the (Line Up Live Up) training programme in life skills through sports to prevent crime, violence and drug abuse," she said. Al-Kuwari explained that the achievements of the global programme had been presented at the side event held during the high-level week of the 74th General Assembly entitled 'Synergy and partnerships for success: a holistic approach to promoting education for justice and sustainable development'.

Al-Kuwari reiterated Qatar's commitment to continue supporting the activities of the World Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and its commitment to co-operate with Japan to host the next conference.

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