Qatar has confirmed that the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration issued by the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015, has proven its effectiveness and achieved the highest possible outcome in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, as the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) did not prevent the programme from continuing its work.
This came in a speech of Qatar, delivered by the ambassador of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Austria and the permanent representative of Qatar to the United Nations and international organisations in Vienna Sultan bin Salmeen al-Mansouri, via video conference, during the meeting of the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna on the activities of the gobal programme under the slogan "Transforming Policies into Actions".
Al-Manosuri said that the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Doha Declaration a few months before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Doha Declaration had its forward-looking vision in support of this plan and its emphasis on seeking to implement comprehensive policies and programmes that promote socio-economic development and provide support to other member states in their endeavors to this end.
He pointed out, during the meeting that was attended by a number of deputy ministers and officials from different countries, comprising the Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Security of El Salvador, the Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology of El Salvador, the Deputy Minister of Public Security of the Ministry of Interior of Peru and the judge of the Court of Appeal in Porto and the President of the European Association of judges, that the Doha Declaration was built on the close interdependence and mutual impact of sustainable development and the rule of law.
Its motto was to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the broader United Nations agenda in order to address social and economic challenges, strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels.
Al-Manosuri pointed out that the implementation of the United Nations sustainable development agenda in 2016 began during the same year of the launch of the Doha Declaration Global Programme which is funded by Qatar, the largest funding programme provided by one country in the history of the UN Office.
This synchronisation confirms the foresight of the political leadership of Qatar and its belief in global solidarity when it decided to transform the Doha Declaration and the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action programmes for community prosperity and the promotion of world peace.
He reviewed the achievements of the global programme during the past five years, and said that the sustainable development plan pledged to ensure no one will be left behind, and the global program to implement the Doha Declaration achieved this goal in a practical way when it reached about 2mn people from 192 countries, and more than 55,000 people benefited from more than 500 activities of support and capacity building activities, most of them are from developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and the programme still has time to achieve more goals.
Al-Mansouri added that although the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration achieved many goals contained in SDG 16, which falls within the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 169 goals are integrated and indivisible goals with aim to achieving a balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental dimensions, and therefore the global program has comprehensively contributed to the implementation of all the goals of the sustainable development plan.
Al-Mansouri affirmed the commitment of Qatar to continue working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to build on the achievements of the global programme to implement the Doha Declaration and continue to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development goals at all levels.
He called on other countries to work with a shared responsibility spirit and support the activities and programmes of the UN Office to achieve goals of the aforementioned agenda.