*Doha meet in Nov. to enhance judicial integrity
Some 500 judicial practitioners are expected to gather in Doha in November this year for the second Global Judicial Integrity Network conference, an official of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said.
“We also expect a very high representation of chief justices, who are very supportive of the network itself. It now has activities in 42 judiciaries in various countries,” said Marco Teixeira, senior programme manager of UNODC’s Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, who was in Qatar recently.
Established in April 2018, the network aims to promote peer learning and support activities, facilitate access to relevant tools and resources related to judicial integrity.
The network also focuses on strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice sector, in line with Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
“We are receiving every month new countries that want to role out integrity tools to support their judiciary work,” Teixeira told Gulf Times.
The UN official, along with UNODC’s public information officer Kevin Town, was in Doha last week for the 9th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Doha Declaration (global programme) of the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Doha 2015).
The co-ordination meeting tackled some of the projects on the themes of the Universal Declaration of Education for Justice, the integrity of the judiciary, the rehabilitation of prisoners and the prevention of crime among young people through sport.
“We are running in the fourth year of implementation of the programme, which is basically bridging two crime congresses, which are the biggest gatherings of criminal justice practitioners worldwide that happen every five years,” Teixeira said.
Previously held in Doha, he noted that the 14th UN Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is scheduled to take place in Kyoto, Japan in April next year.
“So far most of our tools have basically been finalised, disseminated, both tools used by educators, professors in the education sector and also at the judicial level, for magistrates and prosecutors and judges,” he noted.
Teixeira added that the network’s global programme has a large number of beneficiaries in several countries in various regions, including South Africa, Palestine, Kyrgystan, and South American countries.
UNODC noted that its ‘Line Up Live Up’ programme is giving sports coaches, teachers, and those working with youth in sports settings an opportunity to target valuable life skills such as resisting social pressures to engage in delinquency, coping with anxiety and communicating effectively with peers, through a set of interactive and fun exercises.