Qatar Affirms Seeking to Enhance Information Security, Encourage International Cooperation in Combatting Cyber Crimes

New York / Information Office / -The State of Qatar has said that it is actively seeking to enhance information security within the country and to encourage international cooperation in combating cybercrime, noting that it was a victim of cyber-piracy, which was a cover for creating a plotted regional crisis that has severely harmed regional and international security and stability.

It further stressed its commitment to continue to support United Nations efforts to combat crime, cybercrime, drugs, human trafficking, corruption and terrorism by addressing the root causes and eradicating them.

The State of Qatar also noted that its commitment in this area is reflected in HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s invitation for holding an international conference to discuss ways of tackling this issue in international law, and in His Highness’ assertion that Qatar is ready to host this conference under the auspices of the United Nations and to exert all efforts with international partners to make it a success.

This came in a statement by the State of Qatar, delivered by Hessa Al Kuwari, member of the State of Qatar’s delegation partaking in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, before the Third Committee on crime prevention and criminal justice, combating the use of ICTs for criminal purposes, and the State’s control of drugs.

The State of Qatar is seeking to strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to build national capacities of States, enhance the security of computer networks and support regional and international cooperation to provide a safe and robust cyber environment, Hessa Al Kuwari said.

She pointed out that the Ministry of Transport and Communications will organize the 5th Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM) under the theme “Safe Smart Cities” as well as the meeting of the main group of the Munich Security Conference between October, 29 and November, 1.

Hessa Al Kuwari pointed out that the world is witnessing an increase in the phenomenon of misuse of information resources and technologies, pointing that the Doha Declaration of the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was instrumental in supporting efforts to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels.

She also referred to the global program for the implementation of the Doha Declaration funded by the State of Qatar and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with a view to accelerating the implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Declaration by strengthening the capacities of countries, especially developing countries in several areas.

Hessa Al Kuwari said that the program has been able to build capacity, raise awareness and make a long-term impact in the areas of justice, fighting corruption, immunizing youth from crime through sport, rehabilitation and integration of prisoners, and education for justice. The program also reached more than 600,000 beneficiaries, including judges; youth and children in school and universities; prisoners and law enforcement.

“In particular, the program has been able to train more than 6,000 young men and women as part of the (Line Up Live Up) training program in life skills through sports to prevent crime, violence and drug abuse,” she said.

Al Kuwari explained that the achievements of the global program had been presented at the side event held during the high-level week of the 74th General Assembly entitled “Synergy and partnerships for success: a holistic approach to promoting education for justice and sustainable development”.

Hessa Al Kuwari reiterated the State of Qatar’s commitment to continue supporting the activities of the World Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and its commitment to cooperate with Japan to host the next conference.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs