|Peaceful, just and inclusive societies are necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interrelationship between the rule of law and development will be the focus on the 14th UN Crime Congress which will be held from 7 to 12 March in Kyoto, Japan. For the first time in the meeting’s history the event will take place in a hybrid format. Participants will join the event virtually along with limited numbers of people taking part in person.
With the Kyoto Congress, we have the opportunity to show our commitment to addressing crime prevention and criminal justice challenges that affect the daily lives of people around the world, said UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly at a virtual meeting with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ahead of the UN Crime Congress.
Around 80 civil society representatives took part in an online exchange organized by UNODC and the Alliance of NGO on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ahead of the Crime Congress to discuss topics on its agenda, such as evidence-based crime prevention, identification of risks and developing solutions, or education and youth engagement.
UNODC Executive Director Waly encouraged NGO participants to share their experiences and expertise to enrich the dialogue in Kyoto. She stressed that civil society work is important for UNODC to help Member States take forward the commitments made at the Crime Congress, to advance crime prevention and criminal justice to build fairer, more inclusive, and more resilient societies, helping the world recover better and get back on track to achieving the SDGs.