Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency (H.E.) Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 19th Congress of Criminology started in Doha at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday 28 October 2019. The Congress will continue for three days with participation of more than 170 researchers from around the world. During these three days, the seed will be planted for initiatives, studies and explorations to advance crime prevention, treatment and rehabilitation worldwide.
The World Congress of Criminology, being held for the first time in the Middle East, is the premier global event that brings together top academics, professionals, policymakers and representatives of the security and legal sectors from more than 40 countries around the world.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of Ministers, H.E the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court - Fatou Bensouda, President of Qatar University - Dr. Hassan Rashid Al Darham, Director General of the Police College Qatar - Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Marri, Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Marri, Chairman of the National Counter Terrorism Committee - Major General Abdul Aziz Al-Ansari, President of the International Society of Criminology - Prof. Dr. Emilio Viano, Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - Bianca Kopp.
In the opening plenary session, Dr. Al Darham, Dr. Al Marri, Dr. Viano and Ms. Kopp delivered welcoming remarks.
Dr. Al Darham stated:
"We look forward to the outcome of the conference, and we hope that it will contribute to strengthening mechanisms to combat crime worldwide."
The Director General of the Police College, Brig. Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Muhanna said that the Criminology Congress will discuss the contemporary issues related to crime. He also pointed to Qatar’s interest in international cooperation to fight crimes.
Dr. Viano remarked:
"We are honoured to hold this Congress in this important region of the world for the very first time. The Congress will offer excellent opportunities for collaboration and shared creativity."
Ms. Kopp also commended the generous support of Qatar for the Global Programme.
In the session on 'Crime and Terrorism: National and International Response', Major General Al Ansari presented a working paper on international resolutions on combating terrorism. He briefed the conference on Qatar's efforts to build bridges of cooperation with international counter-terrorism partners, in terms of entering into alliances, most notably participation in the Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre (TFTC).
On the first day of the 19th World Congress of Criminology, 50 papers were presented on 13 subjects related with criminology, crime, crime prevention and criminal justice.
Source and cover image credit: MOI Qatar
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