Thematic discussion 

The prominent themes for each session of the Commission are decided by the Economic and Social Council in advance.

In its decision decision 2010/243, the Council decided on the themes for the following sessions:

- 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"

 The prominent themes for the following sessions of the Commission was decided by the Economic and Social Council in its decision  2014/230:

- 24th session : "Follow-up to the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice"

 The prominent themes for the following sessions of the Commission have been decided by the Economic and Social Council in in its decision  2016/241:

- 25th session : "Criminal justice responses to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the financing of terrorism, and technical assistance in support of the implementation of relevant international conventions and protocols"

- 26th session : "Comprehensive and integrated crime prevention strategies: public participation, social policies and education in support of the rule of law"

- 27th session : "Criminal justice responses to prevent and counter cybercrime in all its forms, including through the strengthening of cooperation at the national and international levels"

- 28th session : "The responsibility of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems in preventing and countering crime motivated by intolerance or discrimination of any kind"

- 29th session : "Effective measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants, while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants, particularly women and children, and those of unaccompanied migrant children"