Qatar's Crown Prince receives UNODC award for pioneering youth sports project

New York, 12 December (UNODC) - Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), presented the UNODC Certificate of Honour today to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Crown Prince of the State of Qatar. The award is in recognition of the Crown Prince's determination to enable the world's young people to achieve their full potential through sport while helping them to shun drugs and crime.

 "I commend the Crown Prince for his commitment to the work of the United Nations and thank him for his generous support" said Mr. Costa. "Together we can help build a generation of confident and capable individuals" he said. 

The Crown Prince of the State of Qatar is the driving force behind the Doha-based Global Sport Fund, a pioneering initiative to use sport as a way of empowering young people to stay away from drugs and crime. Acting in partnership with UNODC and the Qatar Olympic Committee, its mission is to help build character, instil leadership and tolerance, and teach healthy lifestyles. 

 The Crown Prince also helps young people with special needs and has invested in world-class sports facilities both in Qatar and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

For more details please contact:

Mohammed A. Al-Mulla

Regional Programme Coordinator for

 the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Partnership in Development Branch

Division for Operations

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Tel.:26060-5404, Mobile phone

+43 699 1459 5404