The Global Programme recognises that people in contact with criminal justice systems are often in vulnerable situations or belong to groups that have specific rights and needs in the criminal justice system and seeks to promote people-centred and human rights-based responses to crime, that are effective in securing public safety. It supports efforts to achieve targets under several of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 16.
The work of UNODC in crime prevention and criminal justice reform is guided by the UN standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice. The UN standards and norms are sets of rules, principles, and guidelines relating to different aspects of criminal justice, such as responding to violence against women, protecting the rights of children, and prison reform. Most of the UN standards and norms are adopted through General Assembly or Economic and Social Council resolutions.
Recent reports of the Secretary-General on the use and application of UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice are also available for download: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 , 2021, 2022
For more information on UNODC’s work on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, please consult UNODC website: www.unodc.org. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.