Regular and intersessional meetings of the Commission

The Commission holds annual sessions for the duration of one week in the first half of the year, as well as one-day reconvened sessions at the end of each year to consider administrative and budgetary matters. The Commission has a maximum number of ten working days for its session, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/152. In order to examine draft decisions, draft resolutions and specific technical issues, a Committee of the Whole is convened concurrently with the annual session of the Commission.

Inter-sessional meetings of the Commission are convened to finalize the provisional agenda of the Commission; to address organizational and substantive matters; and to provide continuous and effective policy guidance.

Thematic discussion 

The Commission does not hold a general debate, but a thematic discussion on a priority issue identified at its previous sessions. The prominent themes for the forthcoming sessions of the Commission have been decided by the Economic and Social Council in advance (decision 2010/243):

  • 21st session: "Violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families"
  • 22nd session: "The challenge posed by emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment and ways to deal with it effectively"
  • 23rd session: "International cooperation in criminal matters"