Expert groups and working groups
In 2009, a standing open-ended intergovernmental working group was established to discuss and formulate recommendations on how to improve the governance structure and financial situation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It is a common working group of both the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime prevention and Criminal Justice.
The open-ended intergovernmental expert group was established in order to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime and responses to it, following a request made by Member States at the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Criminal Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2010 and endorsed by the General Assembly. At its first meeting, held in January 2011, the expert group considered the scope, different topics and the methodology of the study. At the second meeting, held in February 2013, the expert group considered the draft comprehensive study prepared by the Secretariat on behalf of the group, as tasked by the methodology agreed by the expert group at its first session in 2011, on the basis of information received from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, enterprises, and academia. During its 22nd session, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice expressed its appreciation for the work done thus far by the expert group and in Resolution 22/7 requested the group to continue its work towards fulfilling its mandate. A further meeting of the expert group has not yet been scheduled.
The open-ended intergovernmental expert group was established by the Economic and Social Council in order to make recommendations on protection against trafficking in cultural property, including ways of making the model treaty for the prevention of crimes that infringe on the cultural heritage of peoples in the form of movable property more effective. Its first meeting, was held in November 2009. Its second meeting was held in June 2012.The third meeting takes place from 15-17 January 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
At its eighteenth session in April 2009, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, adopted resolution 18/2 entitled "Civilian private security services: their role, oversight and contribution to crime prevention and community safety."
In that resolution, the Commission also decided to establish an ad hoc open-ended intergovernmental expert group to study the role of civilian private security services and their contribution to crime prevention and community safety.
The open-ended intergovernmental expert group meeting was convened pursuant to ECOSOC resolution 2007/24 and finalized draft principles and guidelines on access to legal aid, which were submitted to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its 21st session in April 2012. Upon recommendation by the Commission, the General Assembly passed resolution 67/187 on 20 December 2012, in which it adopted the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.
In 2011, upon the recommendation of the General Assembly ( A/65/320), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice established an open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group on the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, including the task of exchanging information on best practices and of examining national legislation and existing international law in this regard. The first meeting of the Expert Group, which took place in Vienna, Austria, from 31 January to 2 February 2012, recognised a need for nine preliminary areas in the Standard Minimum Rules to be reviewed. The second meeting of the Expert Group, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 11 to 13 December 2012, identified the issues and rules to be considered under each preliminary area. The third meeting of the Expert Group, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in Brasília, Brazil, from 3 to 6 December 2013, will consider proposals for revision submitted by Member States in the nine preliminary areas identified, which will be integrated into a working paper prepared by the Secretariat.