25 July 2019 - The Vienna-based Commissions and governing bodies of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), reported to the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting on 23 July on their respective work, highlighting their contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ambassador Alena Kupchyna, Chair of the 28th session of the CCPCJ, highlighted the key role played by the Commission in particular with regard to the achievement on SDG 16, which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. She emphasized the mutually reinforcing and interrelated nature of sustainable development and the rule of law.
The meeting was further informed that prior to the 28th session in May this year, brown-bag lunches were organized in Vienna for interested Stakeholders to facilitate a discussion on the individual targets and indicators relating to SDG 16 and the substantive contributions by UNODC.
At the 28 th session, in implementing GA resolution 73/183 on enhancing the role of the Commission in contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States discussed how the CCPCJ can further contribute to the review of the SDGs and advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 16.
Ambassador Kupchyna also participated earlier this month in the 2019 Integration Segment of the Council focused on "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". During a panel discussion on prosperous and peaceful societies in the SDG era, Ambassador Kupchyna highlighted that the work of the CCPCJ not only addressed SDG 16 and its targets, but also many of the other goals, including SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).
For the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vice Chair Ambassador Dubravka Plejic Markovic of Croatia, reported on the work of the CND and highlighted that the Commission had, at its regular sessions, a standing agenda item under which it discusses its contributions to the follow-up to and the review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
She further underlined that the Commission continued to enhance horizontal cooperation with other functional commissions of ECOSOC, with the CND participating, in March 2019, in a high-level interactive dialogue of the Commission on the Status of Women on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Professor Tjoa, the Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development. addressed the 62nd session of the CND in March.
Both Commissions also submitted in 2019 their substantive contribution to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which met earlier this month.