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    11 April 2015

    Media advisory

    Rule of law takes centre stage in Doha discussion on crime and sustainable development

    UN Secretary-General to address the opening of the 13 th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

    DOHA, 11 April 2015 (UN Information Service, Vienna) -The 13th UN Crime Congress begins tomorrow with a grand opening ceremony attended by dignitaries, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, drawn from over 140 countries.

    Hosted by the government of Qatar the Congress is the largest and most diverse gathering of policymakers and practitioners in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice.

    It will bring together ministers and diplomats as well individual experts from academia, representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, specialized agencies and other United Nations entities, and the media. Around 5,000 participants are expected to attend.

    The Crime Congress comes ahead of the September summit meeting in New York which will decide on a new sustainable development agenda. 

    For the first time in the 60 year history of the UN Crime Congress the UN Secretary-General will attend.

    Follow the Live webcast of the UN Crime Congress on UN Web TV at:
    All archived videos are available at:

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    For further information please contact:

    Martin Nesirky
    Spokesperson for the 13 th UN Crime Congress
    Tel: (+974) 55726047
    Email: martin.nesirky[at]

    Fethi Debabbi
    Deputy Spokesperson for the 13 th UN Crime Congress
    Tel: (+974) 66695242

    For further information about the media arrangements please contact:

    Anne Thomas
    Information Officer
    Tel: (+974) 66882624
    Email: anne.thomas[at]


    Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer
    Tel: (+974) 66689253