The 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is being held from 7 to 12 March 2021 in Kyoto, Japan. The event is organized in a hybrid format with online participation along with restricted in-person elements. The Crime Congress is the world's largest and most diverse gathering of policymakers, practitioners, academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
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10 March 2021 - Kyoto, Japan - In the margins of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Programme to End Violence against Children (GP to END VAC) co-organized the Special Event “The UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups” with the European Union, and the Governments of Austria, Indonesia and Japan. In recent years, the international community has been increasingly confronted with the recruitment and exploitation of children by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Opening the event, Miwa Kato, Director, Division for Operations at UNODC, highlighted that “The danger we will face coming out of this health crisis is the temptation of isolation, but forgetting these children is a price we cannot afford to pay. Their lives and futures are at stake, and we need to act now.” This was also emphasized by H.E. Ms. Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime (Japan) who also stressed the challenging current context in which “the pandemic has led people, especially young people, to spend more time on the internet, resulting in a growing number of illegal acts conducive to terrorism in cyber space, and under such circumstances, the special event is very timely"... read more
During the Special Event, the new project STRIVE Juvenile has been presented. STRIVE Juvenile: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups is a three-year (2021-2024), EUR 5.5 million initiative by the European Union and UNODC. The project aims to partner with the selected countries, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of Iraq and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the development and implementation of comprehensive national responses to prevent and counter violent extremism affecting children, in full respect of human rights, gender equality and international law. Read the factsheet
Pre-trial Diversion: Benefits and Concerns
Seize the opportunity of COVID-19 outbreak to reform the way that juvenile justice systems serve and protect children who come into contact with it.
Towards Resilient Child Justice Systems in times of Crises
Foster durable changes and raise awareness on the importance of protecting children during crisis such as the COVID -19 pandemic which has exacerbated the vulnerability of children.