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    12 December 2007

    Qatar's Crown Prince Receives UNODC Award for Pioneering Youth Sports Project

    Vienna, 12 December (UN Information Service) -- Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), presented the UNODC Certificate of Honour today at United Nations headquarters in New York to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Crown Prince of the State of Qatar. The award is in recognition of the Crown Prince's determination to enable the world's young people to achieve their full potential through sport while helping them to shun drugs and crime.

    "I commend the Crown Prince for his commitment to the work of the United Nations and thank him for his generous support" said Mr. Costa. "Together we can help build a generation of confident and capable individuals" he added.

    The Crown Prince of the State of Qatar is the driving force behind the Doha-based Global Sport Fund, a pioneering initiative to use sport as a way of empowering young people to stay away from drugs and crime. A partnership of UNODC and the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Fund's mission is to help build character, instil leadership and tolerance, and teach healthy lifestyles.

    The Crown Prince also helps young people with special needs and has invested in world-class sports facilities both in Qatar and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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    For more details please contact:

    Mohammed A. Al-Mulla
    Regional Programme Coordinator for
    the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
    Partnership in Development Branch
    Division for Operations
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Tel.: +43-1 26060-5404
    Mobile phone : +43 699 1459 5404