Qatar intends to launch a global awareness campaign on the role of sport in achieving sustainable development, justice and peace, it was announced Tuesday. HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and international organizations in Vienna, Sultan bin Salmeen al-Mansouri, stressed that the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration has contributed in integrating sport into comprehensive strategies for crime prevention and criminal justice, and in enhancing the capabilities of states in using sport as an effective tool to prevent crimes among young people, and increasing societal awareness of the power of sport in preventing crimes through the establishment of a large number of social, educational, health and training programmes.
Ability Friendly programme
to be expanded
Qatar Foundation and Generation Amazing are expanding their inclusive football programme to ensure it can open up sporting opportunities for more young people with disabilities across Qatar. The QF Ability Friendly programme offers the chance for affordable community sports classes to become more easily available to children and adults with special needs, including those with physical, mental and visual impairments, deafness, and autism, as well as other learning challenges. The Ability Friendly programme was launched in 2020 and gives children aged five and above the chance to play and learn new skills through football.
In a speech delivered to a high-level briefing session on integrating sport into comprehensive frameworks for crime prevention on the sidelines of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Japanese city of Kyoto, HE al-Mansouri said Qatar intends to use the 2022 World Cup to launch a global awareness campaign on the role of sport as a catalyst in achieving sustainable development and a contributor to achieving justice and peace.
He pointed out that the legacy of the global programme, which Qatar is proud to fund, has become an important part of "our common global heritage to build upon", adding that the lessons learned from Line Up Live Up activities in the global programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration highlight the importance of putting sports-based approaches into more comprehensive programmes in particular, policies, frameworks and plans related to crime and violence prevention.
HE al-Mansouri pointed out that Qatar, realising the essential role of sport as an effective tool for achieving development and peace, strengthening dialogue between countries, and in immunising youth against crime and drugs, has invested a lot of money and efforts to contribute strongly to sports activities at the international level.
In a second speech at the secondary meeting on the sidelines of the Kyoto Conference on strengthening rehabilitation programmes in prisons and post-release services, he said the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration devoted one of its four pillars to the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners into society, given that protecting society from crime and limiting return to criminality, according to the UN rules, can only be achieved if the prison period is used to ensure that these persons are reintegrated as much as possible into society upon their release.
He indicated that the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration proves that the rehabilitation and social reintegration of prisoners is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to prevent the recurrence of crimes, with great benefits not only for the concerned individuals, but also for public safety on a larger scale.
He reaffirmed the commitment of Qatar to support the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the field of prison reform and the rehabilitation of prisoners, especially as it is a member of the "Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules" group, and is committed to implementing these rules.
In the context of the activities of the 14th United Nations Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Kyoto, the Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Dr Ghada Wali, met with the Qatari delegation participating in the conference, which includes HE al-Mansouri, Ambassador of Qatar to Japan Hassan bin Mohamed Rafi al-Emadi and Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Nasser al-Thani, a diplomat in the mission.
During the meeting, the Qatari delegation affirmed Qatar's keenness to continue supporting the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and its various activities, with the aim of combating terrorism, organised crime, drug trafficking and corruption in the world.
The Qatari delegation pointed out that the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration is the largest programme offered by one country in the history of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and has also proven its effectiveness and vitality and achieved the highest possible outcome of achievements in support of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic did not prevent the continuation of the programme.
For her part, the Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime stressed that the UN office looks forward to continuing cooperation with Qatar during the next stage, expressing her gratitude for the generous support provided by Qatar to the United Nations and the Vienna office, especially with regard to the global programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration.