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Qatar backs UNODC to prevent crimes through sports

Qatar backs UNODC to prevent crimes through sports


Tribune News Network
Doha
IN the framework of the implementation of the Global Programme for the Doha Declaration, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organised a training workshop on life skills using sports in order to prevent crimes among the youth.
The programme was held in Vienna, Austria,on Monday,with participation of representatives of the FIFA and the support of Qatar. The Executive Director of UNODC Yuri Fedotov, representative of Qatar and a gathering of officials and experts attended the programme.
The new initiative, 'Line up Live up', is part of Doha Declaration Global Programme's operational projects, which aims to promote the role of sports in prevention of crimes among the youth. Teams of youngsters who have received training within the Doha Declaration projects led the workshop to provide skills and training to protect young people from the dangers of crime, violence and drug abuse.
HE Major-General Abdullah Yusuf al Mal, Advisor to the Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Doha Declaration Follow-up Committee, delivered the Qatari side's speech at the opening ceremony, expressing his country's support for the UNODC's efforts to prevent youth crimes through sports.
"Sports can prevent youngsters from engaging in crime and drug abuse, while inculcating a culture of respect for law and peace in them. Through the initiative, the UNODC is helping member states, in a pioneering way,protectyoungsters from crime, violence and drugs and transform them into pioneers of sports values and noble principles," he said.
Yuri Fedotov emphasised the importance of the Global Programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration. He pointed out that the event was an accomplishment of one of the four pillars of the Doha Declaration issued at the 13th UN Crime Congress held in Doha between April 12 and 19, 2015.
"The Doha Declaration recognises young people as agents for change in crime prevention effort," he said, adding that The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights sports as a tool for peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect.
"'Line up Live up' is a training curriculum we are developing to build the resilience of at-risk youth by drawing on sports as a vehicle to reduce anti-social behaviour and teach valuable life skills," he said.

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