H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani chaired, in her capacity as Vice-President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, a General Assembly high-level debate on the role of regional organizations in strengthening and implementing crime prevention initiatives.
H.E. the ambassador stressed in her opening speech, on behalf of the President of the General Assembly, on the importance of cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, and the pivotal roles of organizations in crime prevention and criminal justice issues, given the magnitude and complexity of the challenges facing the international community today.
Her Excellency said she was pleased that a number of representatives of regional organizations participated in the debate, with the goal of enhancing partnerships in those fields, noting that the General Assembly highlighted the strong relationship between sustainable development and criminal justice institutions.
Her Excellency said that access to a fair judicial system and having institutions that can be held accountable is an important part of sustainable development. Her Excellency, in that regard, called on regional organizations to contribute to realizing the goals of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
H.E. the ambassador then highlighted the societal and economic challenges facing sustainable development and the enhancement of crime prevention, stressing the importance of the high-level debate, as it comes in the context of preparing for a high-level political forum on achieving the goals of sustainable development. The forum will be organized by the General Assembly in September 2019.
In concluding her speech, Her Excellency said that today's deliberations will make a contribution in the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, set to take place in April 2020.
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