13th UN Crime Congress closes with vow to implement Doha Declaration for crime's victims
April 19, 2015

13th UN Crime Congress closes with vow to implement Doha Declaration for crime's victims

19 April 2015 - In closing the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha today, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that the event had set a very high bar for the future, and that the key task now was to turn the Congress's Declaration into action.

"This Congress has provided a solid platform for the international community to recognize the tangible links between the rule of law and sustainable development. We must build on those links as we set our sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years," he said.

Mr. Fedotov noted the Congress was the first to have the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and Social Council in attendance. 

Crime Congress highlights 'epidemic' prison overcrowding
April 17, 2015

Crime Congress highlights 'epidemic' prison overcrowding

At any given time, over 10 million people worldwide are in prison. With this, prison overcrowding has reached epidemic proportions in many countries - an issue raised at a side event during the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha.

"Prison overcrowding can be considered a symptom of a malfunctioning justice system", noted Piera Barzano, Senior Regional Advisor of the Justice Section at UNODC. "The problems of overcrowding have to be dealt with by the prison administration, although the solutions are seldom within their reach." Ms. Barzano noted several reinforcing reasons that may lead to prison overcrowding, including causes not confined to the limits of criminal justice but that extend to other spheres of State responsibility such as welfare policy, access to health services, education, and employment.

We must take the fight to the traffickers along maritime routes, says UNODC Chief
April 15, 2015

We must take the fight to the traffickers along maritime routes, says UNODC Chief

The Indian Ocean could become a haven for criminal activity, participants heard at an event held at the 13th Crime Congress for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha. "Recent research conducted by the Global Maritime Crime Programme indicates an increase in Dhow traffic between known departure points for heroin trafficking and the east coast of Africa and South Asia, with traffickers adopting innovative concealment methods and using several drop-off points to smaller vessels," said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. 

To counter this, more robust responses to maritime drug trafficking were needed from the international community he said. Comparing the fight against crime on the high seas with that on land, Mr. Fedotov underscored it was imperative that the maritime domain was not ignored.

Two thousand human trafficking victims benefit annually from UN Trust Fund
April 14, 2015

Two thousand human trafficking victims benefit annually from UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, helps trafficking victims reclaim their dignity and their lives, an audience heard today at a high-level event held on the margins of the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.  

In his remarks, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that the UN Trust Fund was helping today's victims become tomorrow's survivors. "Some two thousand victims annually benefitted from direct assistance, including provision of shelter, basic health services, vocational training and schooling, as well as psychosocial, legal and economic support."

Spotlight on human dignity, justice at high-level debate on rule of law and development
April 13, 2015

Spotlight on human dignity, justice at high-level debate on rule of law and development

UNODC is committed to efforts to oppose the criminals who sabotage the rule of law and sustainable development, Executive Director Yury Fedotov told a packed audience today at a high-level event at the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha.

"Together, we can advance justice and uphold human dignity, and confront the criminals who undermine the rule of law and sustainable development," said Mr. Fedotov.

Acknowledging the importance of protecting the sustainable development goals from crime, Mr. Fedotov said major efforts were needed to ensure that the UN provides an integrated approach.