Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform

The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held from 7 to 12 March 2021 in Kyoto, Japan with the theme of “Advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda”. The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is the world's largest and most diverse gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The Congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics. They have made considerable impact in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice and influenced national and international policies and professional practices. Read more

Overall theme, agenda items and workshop topics

Overview of events and exhibits

Documents

65 years of United Nations Crime Congresses - Highlights

The United Nations Crime Congress is the world’s largest and most diverse gathering of governments, civil society, academia and experts in crime prevention and criminal justice. For 65 years the congresses have had an impact on criminal justice policies and strengthened international cooperation against the global threat of transnational organized crime. Congress history in 6 languages

 22 August - 3 September 1955 Geneva, Switzerland - First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders adopted the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) ArabicChineseEnglishFrench, RussianSpanishPortugueseFinnish, GermanSinhalaTamil, Dhivehi

 27 August - 7 September 1990 Havana, Cuba - The Havana Congress took place at a time when it was recognized that crime with its international dimensions was increasing at an alarming rate. The Congress approved standards on:

• The Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners

• The United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency

• The United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty

• The Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials

• The United Nations Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors

• The Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers

• Standard Minimum Rules for Non-Custodial Measures

12 April  - 19 April 2015 Doha, Qatar - The Thirteenth Congress adopted the Doha Declaration, which focuses on links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world.

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Events
Special Events

7 March 2021 - 14.00 - 15.30 - Promoting the Rule of Law and Justice: Innovative implementation of the Doha Declaration towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Organized by UNODC DTA (focal point Marco Teixeira).
Conference Room RoomD. Concept Note

9 March 2021 - 14.00 - 15.30 - Equal Access to Justice for All. Organized by UNODC DO (focal point Anika Holterhof).
Conference Room RoomD. Concept Note 
Find out more here View the recording here

10 March 2021 - 9.00 - 10.30 - The impact of COVID-19 in prison settings – Mitigating risks and ‘building back better’. Organized by UNODC DO (focal point Philipp Meissner/Alejandro Matta).
Conference Room RoomD. Concept Note View the recording here

10 March 2021 - 14.00 - 15.30 - UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups. Organized by UNODC DO (focal point Alexandra Martins).

Conference Room RoomDConcept Note

Sessions

 

 8 March 2021, 11:30 - 13:00 JST - Family-based interventions for the prevention of crime and youth violence, including violent extremism

 8 March 2021, 16:30 - 18:00 JST - Promoting prison-based rehabilitation programmes and post-release services to foster prisoners' social reintegration View the recording here

 9 March 2021, 16:30 - 18:00 JST - Promoting holistic youth crime prevention; the use of sport and sport-based learning to reach at-risk youth View the recording here

 9 March 2021, 09:00 - 10:30 JST - Addressing prison overcrowding through treatment as an alternative for people with drug use disorders

Co-hosted Sessions

 7 March 2021, 16:30 - 18:00 JST - Improving efficiency and quality of investigations: Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigative Authorities Find out more here View the recording here

 8 March 2021, 11:30 - 13:00 JST - Integrating Sport into Youth Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Strategies 

 8 March 2021, 14:00 - 15:30 JST - It’s so much more than security: The need for tailored training for prison officers

 9 March 2021, 11:30 - 13:00 JST - Life imprisonment: The use of it and what is to be done

11 March 2021, 09:00 - 10:30 JST - Moving beyond solitary confinement – alternative approaches to ensuring discipline and safety in prison settingsView the recording here

11 March 2021, 11:30 - 13:00 JST - Sex Crime against Children: the Asia-Pacific Perspective Organization

11 March 2021, 14:00 - 15:30 JST - Partnering to End sexual violence against children through evidence-based responses and integrated approaches

11 March 2021, 14:00 - 15:30 JST - Ensuring Procedural Rights of Suspects at Police Custody Stage- Overview of Global Approaches View the recording here

12 March 2021, 09:00 - 10:30 JST - Towards Resilient Child Justice Systems in times of Crisis

Background and Working Papers

A/CONF.234/4

Working paper prepared by the Secretariat on "Comprehensive strategies for crime prevention towards social and economic development" (agenda item 3)

A/CONF.234/5

Working paper prepared by the Secretariat on "Integrated approaches to challenges facing the criminal justice system" (agenda item 4)

A/CONF.234/6

Working paper prepared by the Secretariat on "Multidimensional approaches by Governments to promoting the rule of law by, inter alia, providing access to justice for all; building effective, accountable, impartial and inclusive institutions; and considering social, educational and other relevant measures, including fostering a culture of lawfulness while respecting cultural identities, in line with the Doha Declaration" (agenda item 5)

A/CONF.234/8

Background paper on the Workshop on "Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices" (workshop a)

A/CONF.234/9

Background paper on the Workshop on "Reducing reoffending: identifying risks and developing solutions" (workshop b)

A/CONF.234/10

Background paper on the Workshop on "Education and youth engagement as key to making societies resilient to crime" (workshop c)

A/CONF.234/11

Background paper on the Workshop on "Current crime trends, recent developments and emerging solutions, in particular new technologies as means for and tools against crime" (workshop d)

A/CONF.234/14

Report of the Secretariat on integrating sports into youth crime prevention and criminal justice strategies