14th UN Congress on criminal justice opens in Kyoto

The14th UN Congress on criminal justice opened on March 7 in Kyoto with calls for renewing global cooperation against crime to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recover from the pandemic. “Crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the social contract between states and their populations,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres  

Ghada Waly Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) remarked: “We are in a race against time, as organized crime has spared no efforts in taking advantage of the crisis, from selling falsified vaccines, to exploiting those who have lost their livelihoods, and diverting stimulus funds. With some 124 million people falling into poverty in 2020, growing inequalities are fuelling instability and making the world even more vulnerable to crime, corruption, and terrorism. It is the right time for the international community to come together, after painstaking preparation and extensive consultations, to adopt the Kyoto Declaration and step-up shared responses to persistent and emerging crime challenges. The discussions at the Kyoto Congress will help prepare the ground for effective action with a strong focus on prevention, and on integrated responses to tackle linkages between organized crime and terrorism, as well as fraud and corruption as key enablers of illicit activities. 

We will strengthen the role of youth education and empowerment in building resilience to crime, and explore ways of harnessing data and new technologies to anticipate threats and develop evidence-based approaches. 

The Congress is a unique forum to exchange valuable experience in research, law and policy development among countries, organizations, and experts.” 

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