From 12 to 19 April 2015, Qatar hosted the Thirteenth United Nations Crime Congress in Doha, bringing together governments, policy-makers and experts to exchange their experiences and intensify international cooperation in tackling the threat of transnational organized crime.
As the international community continues to discuss the post-2015 development agenda, so the 13th Crime Congress considered how best to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda. It focused on links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world.
Globally, at any given time, some 10 million people are incarcerated.
Overcrowding, poor conditions, lack of economic and human resources, lack of healthcare, and violence are some of the key concerns regarding prisons.
In 1955, the first UN Crime Congress adopted the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Rehabilitation and proper reintegration programmes are vital in improving the prison system, as well as allowing further social development and boosting society through the avoidance of recidivism.
Providing prisoners with useful skills gives them opportunities for a future without crime and helps reduce the high rates of re-offending.
This video shows some examples of products made by prisons from across the globe.
Protection against crime and violence is a top priority of people everywhere. Criminal activities undermine state authority by fuelling corruption and damaging the legitimate economy. This has an impact on the quality of life of citizens, most particularly the poor, women and children. Effective criminal justice systems and respect for the rule of law are crucial for achieving sustainable development.
In a globalized inter-connected world the transnational nature of crime is one of the key challenges countries face.
In April 2015, Qatar hosted the Thirteenth UN Crime Congress in Doha, bringing together governments, policy-makers and experts to exchange their experiences and intensify international cooperation in tackling the threat of transnational organized crime.
For 60 years, the United Nations has held congresses to strengthen international cooperation in support of criminal justice and against the global threat of crime.
The United Nations Crime Congress is the world's largest and most diverse gathering of governments, civil society, academia and experts in crime prevention and criminal justice.
This video showcases 60 years of achievements, stretching from the 1955 Congress held in Geneva through to the most recent in 2015 in Doha.
Ahead of the 13th United Nations Crime Congress in April 2015, a three day 'Doha Youth Forum' was organized by the Government of Qatar. Over 120 students from 35 countries attended this initiative which looked at topics set to be covered by the Crime Congress in order to gather a youth perspective. The recommendations of the Forum were then presented during the Crime Congress.