NGO Participation at the 23rd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

At its 23rd annual session (12-16 May 2014), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) welcomed 81 NGO representatives from 37 organizations around the world.

Building on a well-established tradition, an informal meeting between UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov, and the NGO community took place on 13 May 2014. The discussion touched upon a  number of substantive issues, including: preparations for the 13th Crime Congress (12-19 April 2015, Doha); UNODC and the inclusion of justice and security in the post-2015 agenda; death penalty; corruption and transnational organised crime; victims' and women's rights and environmental crime.

gggInformal Dialogue with UNODC Executive Director

NGO representatives were also briefed on organizing ancillary meetings at the 13th Crime Congress by Mr. Gary Hill (Coordinator of ancillary meetings and exhibitions). The presentation he delivered, as well as his contact details are available here.

On the last day of the Crime Commission (16 May 2014), NGO, UNODC and Member States representatives discussed the progress made in implementing resolution A/C.3/68/L.8 on "Taking action against gender-related killings of women and girls", which called for "an open-ended intergovernmental expert group meeting (IEGM) to discuss ways and means to more effectively prevent, investigate, prosecute and punish gender-related killing of women and girls". Participants were informed of ongoing preparations for the organization of the IEGM. Two conference room papers (CRP 4 and CRP 5) summarizing the contributions made by Member States and NGOs to the discussion guide of the IEGM are available here.

A number of NGO statements were also submitted, some of which can be accessed here.

The active participation of NGOs is also illustrated in the 21 side events organized in collaboration with UNODC and Member States. Among the topics covered were: femicide; revision of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners; Bangkok Rules; post-2015 agenda; death penalty; protection of victims of crime; social and pastoral care in prisons; human trafficking and migration; cybermobbing and corruption.