Regional Training Course on the Implementation of the ICCS in the Asia-Pacific Region

 

11 December 2017 - A Regional Training Course on the Implementation of the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) was jointly organized by UNODC, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 5 - 7 December 2017. It was the fourth regional meeting in the Asia-Pacific region aimed at improving the availability and quality of statistics on crime and criminal justice statistics, following two successful regional workshops on statistics on crime and criminal justice (Bangkok in December 2014 and Seoul in November 2016), as well as a comprehensive Regional Training Course on Victimization Surveys (Pattaya, Thailand, in June 2017).

The Regional Training Course, based on the experience of UNODC in supporting the implementation of the ICCS in countries around the world, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of establishing and applying common statistical concepts on crime and criminal justice data and to provide guidance on the implementation of the ICCS across institutions and jurisdictions.

With the use of concrete examples and exercises, the Regional Training Course discussed the practical aspects of planning and implementing the 'road map' for ICCS implementation and for mapping national crime categories into the international framework. Furthermore, the Training Course examined the application of the ICCS in reporting on selected indicators on violence, access to justice and corruption for monitoring targets under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 and in reporting data to the annual United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and Operations of the Criminal Justice System (UN-CTS).

The Training Course was attended by over 40 participants from 16 countries in the region, including Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

  

Presentations:

MODULE 1. THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF CRIME FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES (ICCS): INTRODUCTION

Michael Jandl - Module 1 provided trainees with an introduction to the ICCS, its rationale, development, its principles and structure and provided an overview of tools and technical assistance offered by UNODC for its implementation.

MODULE 2. THE ROAD MAP FOR ICCS IMPLEMENTATION

Sarika Dewan - Module 2 discussed the generic steps that should be taken to develop and implement a common crime classification based on the ICCS across the crime and criminal justice statistics system of a country.

MODULE 3. BUILDING CORRESPONDENCE TABLES

Michael Jandl - Module 3 introduced the procedures for mapping national crime categories into the correspondence table template for the ICCS.

Hyun-seok Jang (Researcher, Republic of Korea) -  provided an overview of the work on ICCS implementation work in Korea

Louella R. Ragos (Philippine Statistics Authority) - provided an overview of the development of the Philippine Standard Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes, based on the ICC

MODULE 4. ICCS MAPPING EXERCISE

Sarika Dewan - Module 4 discussed practical exercises of mapping national crime categories into the ICCS with real-life examples.

MODULE 5. ICCS DISAGGREGATING VARIABLES ('TAGS')

Michael Jandl - Module 5 discussed how the 'tag' system can be used to generate policy-relevant crime and criminal justice data and how it can be implemented in national crime statistics.

MODULE 6: THE REVISED UN-CTS AND THE ICCS

Sarika Dewan - Module 6 presented an overview of the new 2017 UN Crime Trends Survey (UN-CTS) that has recently been revised to make it fully consistent with the ICCS. Participants learnt how the new survey is structured, how it relates to the concepts and definitions of the ICCS and how the questionnaire should be handled for international reporting.

MODULE 7: INDICATORS FOR SDG 16 AND THE ICCS

Michael Jandl - Module 7 addressed the reporting requirements for several indicators of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly indicators on violence, access to justice and corruption and discussed how the ICCS supports the reporting on the relevant SDG indicators.

MODULE 8: THE SDGS, THE ICCS AND CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEYS

Michael Jandl - Module 8 examined crime victimization surveys (CVS) as sources of data for several of the SDG indicators introduced in the previous module and what type of questions and methodologies can be used to measure the relevant indicators in CVSs.