27 May 2016 - "Our mission has never been clearer, or better articulated," the head of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, told participants at the closing ceremony of the Crime Commission in Vienna today.
Mr. Fedotov said, "This is the first Crime Commission to be held after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The week's activities have strengthened bonds between our efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice and work undertaken to promote sustainable development."
He noted that UNODC's activities on terrorism, wildlife crime, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, building partnerships with organizations such as INTERPOL, and tackling trafficking in cultural property were linked, through Goal 16 and other goals, to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Fedotov stressed that "the Crime Commission's bold work provides a solid platform for UNODC's own activities in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice". He added that "Thanks to the Crime Commission, UNODC has the necessary tools to play a key role in the UN's much wider work of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
The Crime Commission regularly brings together around 1,000 delegates drawn from Member States, civil society and academia. Six resolutions were passed, including on restorative justice, legal aid and mainstreaming youth crime prevention. Almost 50 side events were held during the five days of the 25th Session, as well as numerous exhibitions.