Qatar affirms commitment to combating cybercrimes
Qatar has said that it is actively seeking to enhance information security within the country and is encouraging international cooperation in combating cybercrime.
This came in a statement by Qatar, delivered by Hessa Al Kuwari, a member of Qatar's delegation participating in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), before the Third Committee on crime prevention and criminal justice.
The statement noted that Qatar was a victim of cyber-piracy, which was a cover for plotting the Gulf crisis that has severely harmed regional and international security and stability.
Reiterating its commitment to support the UN's efforts to combat crime, cybercrime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption and terrorism, Qatar confirmed it has focused efforts to address the root causes of these issues.
دولة قطر تؤكد أنها تسعى بجدية إلى تعزيز أمن المعلومات داخل الدولة، وتشجيع التعاون الدولي على مكافحة الجريمة السيبرانية،مشيرة إلى أنها كانت ضحية القرصنة الإلكترونية التي شكلت غطاءً لإحداث أزمة إقليمية مصطنعة ألحقت أضراراً بالغة بالأمن والاستقرار على الصعيدين الإقليمي والدولي #قنا— وكالة الأنباء القطرية (@QatarNewsAgency) October 4, 2019
Qatar also noted that its commitment in this area is reflected in His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's invitation for holding an international conference to discuss ways of tackling the issues in international law.
HH the Amir also asserted that Qatar is ready to host this conference under the auspices of the UN and to exert all efforts with international partners to make it a success.
Moreover, Qatar is seeking to strengthen its cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to build national capacities of states, enhance the security of computer networks and support regional and international co-operation to provide a safe and robust cyber environment, Al Kuwari underlined.
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.
Al Kuwari mentioned that the world is witnessing an increase in the misuse of information resources and technologies.
The Doha Declaration of the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has been instrumental in this regard, she said as it supported efforts to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the United Nations' agenda.
She also referred to the global program for the implementation of the Doha Declaration funded by Qatar and implemented by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to accelerate the implementation of the recommendations of the Doha Declaration by strengthening the capacities of countries, especially developing countries in several areas.
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.
More than 600,000 people including judges, youth and children in school and universities, prisoners and law enforcement benefitted from the program, Al Kuwari said.
Earlier in April, Qatar’s initiatives to maintain cybersecurity resulted in the country’s enhanced world ranking in this field. Qatar was able to move up to 17th place in 2018 from the 25th in 2017.
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