The World Congress of Criminology has stressed the need for innovative approaches to put the Doha Declaration into reality and implement the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A session on innovative approaches and partnerships to strengthen the co-operation between universities and the UN, to implement the SDGs, cited a need to make use of innovative educational and teaching tools and creative approaches for the easy accomplishment of UN SDGs and Doha Declaration on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
“To put the Doha Declaration into reality, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), launched an ambitious global programme,” said Bianca Kopp of the UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative. “The initiative promotes peaceful, corruption free and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
“The initiative consists of four main components; judicial integrity, education for justice, youth crime prevention through sports, and prisoner rehabilitation.”
She explained that the UNODC is extending support to educators through the E4J initiative in order to help the world attain the UN SDGs.
“E4J is aimed at supporting educators to teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communication and future professions in this regard,” Kopp said.
She underscored the need to bring in creative approaches and said that creative ways, including exhibitions, videos, comic books, radio shows and campaigns, should be introduced in order to explain concepts of the rule of law to the students.
Kopp also highlighted the need to train the trainers and strengthen UN-academia partnership, empower lecturers to teach today’s most pressing issues, and build bridges for holistic crime prevention approaches.