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UNODC Executive Director welcomes "multilateralism at work" as 28th Crime Commission concludes

VIENNA, 24 May 2019 - The 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) concluded today with resolutions on countering trafficking and other forms of organized crime, protecting children online and preparations for the 2020 Crime Congress in Kyoto.

"Your efforts to advance joint crime prevention and criminal justice responses to shared challenges, thus contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are an inspiring example of multilateralism at work", said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at the closing session. 

"By adopting resolutions on countering child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse online, and combatting cybercrime, you have reaffirmed the international community's commitment to tackling some of the most insidious threats facing our connected societies. By focusing on evidence-based, gender-responsive crime prevention policies, as well as involving youth in crime prevention and promoting education on justice and the rule of law, you truly are helping to foster a better world for all."

The 28 th session, which had a record number of participants - more than 1,500 - from 120 States, agreed on preparations for the 2020 United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto, Japan, which has as its focus "advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda".

Member States adopted resolutions addressing the prevention and countering of child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse online; cybercrime and terrorism; tackling transnational organized crime, including trafficking of wildlife and commercial goods; and enhancing the security of the precious metals supply chain, among other challenges. Agreed resolutions also addressed integrating sport into youth crime prevention and criminal justice strategies, and enhancing transparency in the judicial process.

The Commission held a thematic debate on the responsibility of criminal justice systems in preventing and countering hate crime. More than 100 side events took place over the course of the week-long session.

As the main policymaking body of the United Nations addressing crime prevention and criminal justice issues, the CCPCJ plays a critical role in advancing collective efforts against national and transnational crime, while strengthening fair and effective criminal justice institutions.

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Email: sonya.yee[at]un.org