25th Crime Commission opens with call to build resilient institutions in support of 2030 Development Agenda

The 25th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (called the Crime Commission) runs from 23-27 May 2016 in Vienna. Photo: UNODC23 May 2016 - Opening the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Crime Commission) in Vienna today, the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said justice and the rule of law can build resilient institutions that support the 2030 Development Agenda, particularly Goal 16.

Mr. Fedotov noted that UNODC's work supported the Sustainable Development Goals and was "part of the unified responses needed to confront the many crises the world is facing".

He emphasized that the implementation of the Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress, and the follow-up to the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in Saint Petersburg in late 2015, were also key enablers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' targets.

On the Crime Commission's work, Mr. Fedotov called for participants to "advance effective responses based on the tried and tested international framework provided by the Conventions against transnational organized crime and corruption, the international counterterrorism instruments, and the standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice".

He said this work was needed to disrupt criminal networks and terrorist outrages, and to counter violent extremism and radicalization to violence. It was also necessary, Mr. Fedotov said, to confront corruption and to enhance the administration of justice, including for children, as well as to respond to violence against women.

The theme of the Crime Commission examines terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including terrorist financing and the technical assistance in support of the relevant international conventions and protocols.

Every year, the Crime Commission draws together around 1,000 participants annually from Member States, civil society and academia. At this year's Crime Commission there are around 50 side events and 14 exhibitions on crime prevention and criminal justice matters.

Six draft resolutions have been tabled on trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal, promoting legal aid, restorative justice, strengthening technical assistance for the prevention of crime, including terrorism, follow up to the 13th Crime Congress and preparations for the 14th Crime Congress to be held in Japan in 2020, and youth crime prevention.

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25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

Programme of events during the 25th Crime Commission