Hacking for justice, impressive young coders compete at World Bank global hackathon
November 8, 2019

Hacking for justice, impressive young coders compete at World Bank global hackathon

After spending two days in a closed space designing a computer programme, most people would look and feel exhausted; but for 25 secondary school students who had come to Washington, D.C. this week to do just that, no amount of fatigue could begin to overshadow the excitement and sense of achievement they felt.

Invited to the event by the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative (a component of the UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration) to participate in a special hackathon co-organized with the World Bank and Africa Teen Geeks, these students came from Bulgaria, India, Mexico, South Africa and Tunisia to develop software solutions to one of six challenges posed by the organizers, revolving around Sustainable Development Goal 16 (targeting peace, justice and strong institutions) and rule of law.

From Washington, UNODC launches guidelines to uphold judicial integrity in the age of social media
November 6, 2019

From Washington, UNODC launches guidelines to uphold judicial integrity in the age of social media

The application of rights combined with technology can do wonders for international development, but only when used properly. With technology having become so ubiquitous, and with its impact felt increasingly in numerous development fields, it was chosen as the theme of this year's annual  Law, Justice and Development Week hosted by the  World Bank. To better understand the current development climate and how technology impacts it, 165 organizations and some 200 speakers are debating numerous ramifications of technology over 67 sessions during the weeklong conference at the World Bank's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

In Spain, Santurtzi municipality is the first in Europe to launch UNODC’s Line Up, Live Up
October 30, 2019

In Spain, Santurtzi municipality is the first in Europe to launch UNODC's Line Up, Live Up

For the first time in Europe, the  Line Up, Live Up initiative has become an integral part of a municipality's regional and local policy frameworks, in what relates to public health and the prevention of violence and drug use among youth. Developed by the  Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and its  Youth Crime Prevention through Sports component, it has already been adopted in Member States in Asia, Africa and Latin America, promoting sports-based learning to share knowledge and build skills that young persons can apply in their daily lives. At its request, the Spanish  City of Santurtzi's Youth, Sports and Social Prevention department will pilot UNODC's Line Up, Live Up programme with over 100 students in two public schools.

The Doha Programme launches a seminar series for university students
October 24, 2019

The Doha Programme launches a seminar series for university students

Empowering the next generation to change the world is neither an easily definable mission nor a simple task, but it certainly is a prerequisite to achieving the ambitious  Sustainable Development Agenda. While students at the tertiary level are often already aware of - and reasonably informed about - the challenges facing the global community and have ideas about what they want to do, many may feel they have not yet found the ideal avenue through which to pursue their professional aspirations.

It launched last week at the renowned  Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, a historic institution from which many women and men have graduated to take up positions of leadership in various international careers, shaping the trajectory of the modern world.

In Kyrgyzstan, a bakery will help rehabilitate female prisoners
October 22, 2019

In Kyrgyzstan, a bakery will help rehabilitate female prisoners

In Kyrgyzstan, the  Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration has worked with local prison authorities to develop and modernize a bakery in a women's prison in proximity to the nation's capital, Bishkek. The prison currently holds some 300 female prisoners, of which half are already taking part in rehabilitation programmes. With the bakery and accompanying training, which were made possible with the support of the State of Qatar, more prisoners will be given a new chance as they prepare for social reintegration after having served their sentence, with the help of the Global Programme's  Prisoner Rehabilitation component.

Initially, 12 female prisoners will benefit from this project.