2013 Substantive Session of ECOSOC

Panel discussion: "Focus on the Vienna based Commissions and the importance of drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice in the context of the post 2015 development agenda, including the issue of human trafficking"

 

A panel discussion focusing on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) was held on 22 July 2013 during the substantive session of the Council. The panellists included Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, of UNODC; Ambassador Xolisa Mfundiso Mabongho of South Africa and Chairperson of the 22nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ); Ambassador Khaled Abdel Rahman Shamaa of Egypt, First Vice-Chairperson of the 56th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND); Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN in Vienna; and Ernesto Savona, Professor of Criminology at the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and Director of Transcrime.

A concept note prepared for the panel discussion may be found here. Further information and the remarks of the Executive Director are available here.

Under the chairmanship of H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, panellists addressed the relationship between development and drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice. Attention was given to the goals of ensuring stable and peaceful societies, as well as good governance and effective institutions, as identified in the 2013 report of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons. Participants in the discussion exchanged views on ways and means to address these issues in the context of the post 2015 development agenda. Particular reference was made to the rule of law and the issue of human trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. The important policy coordination role of ECOSOC and the need for closer collaboration between the Council and its subsidiary bodies was also stressed.

 

The panel discussion was followed by an informal briefing on the work of the Vienna-based CND and CCPCJ, organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria in cooperation with UNODC.

It is expected that the issues considered during the panel discussion will be taken up again within the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. At its 8th session on 3-7 February 2014, the Open Working Group will consider aspects related to the rule of law and governance. More information on the Open Working Group may be found here.