Working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is at the core of the Doha Declaration Global Programme - an issue highlighted during the 26th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna.
UNODC's life skills training initiative as part of its global activities to prevent youth crime under the Doha Declaration Global Programme has started in Brazil.
The initiative focuses on sports in order to build resilience of youth by enhancing their life skills and increase their knowledge of the consequences of crime and drug use. With a view to positively influence attitudes and prevent anti-social and risky behaviour, the initiative is first being piloted in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, before being rolled out to other regions, including Latin America, Southern Africa and Central Asia.
Work-related activities within prisons play a critical role for both prisoners and society. Rehabilitation provides prisoners an opportunity to develop skills, increase post-release employability and contribute to families and society.
UNODC's work supports this and we're looking to build a global brand of prison products to further boost rehabilitation efforts. Recently prison practitioners from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, EL Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay gathered to discuss this issue, bringing with them a vast selection of items from their countries.
"How can programmes such as Model UN help today's youth be better engaged with key issues affecting their lives"?
This is the question we posed to Salam Kedan, founder of the Salam Centre for Peace, on the sidelines of a recent meeting in Vienna looking at developing a UNODC Guide for organizers of Model United Nations.
The Doha Declaration Global Programme covers a diverse range of initiatives with the aim of building peace and promoting rule of law. This video shows a selection of testimonials from some of the partners we've been working with to achieve this, across the areas of sports, education, the judiciary and prisons.
Kudzai Mukaratirwa is a student in South Africa and works with 'Online Model UN'. Recently he took part in a meeting in Vienna as part of the Office's work to help further develop a forthcoming UNODC Guide for organizers of MUNs. On the sidelines of this, we spoke with Kudzai to get his views on how can Model United Nations can help students learn more about UNODC's mandates.
Herbert Gustavo Simões is one of two lead trainers working with UNODC in Brazil as part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme sports initiative which looks to build vital life skills among 13 - 18 year olds to keep them safe from violence, crime and drugs. He is also a Professor at the Catholic University of Brasilia with postdoctoral research experience at University of Miami in the area of physical education and exercise physiology. He is also a keen sporting enthusiast and is currently ranked as one of the world's fastest 110 metre hurdlists in his age bracket.
We spoke with him to get his views on how sports can best be used as a tool to prevent crime and promote peace and development.
"How can sports be best used as a tool to prevent crime and promote development and peace?"
Carmen Sílvia Grubert Campbell is one of two lead trainers working with UNODC in Brazil as part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme sports initiative which looks to build vital life skills among 13 - 18 year olds to keep them safe from violence, crime and drugs.