12th Crime Congress

What’s on: Tuesday, 13 April

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 13 April 2010

Finally! Blue skies! It’s been overcast, intermittently rainy and very humid for days, so it was a relief to wake up this morning to the sun trying to come through. That said, judging by the rain falling over the ocean, water here is never far away (the photo shows a view from the conference centre).

Today’s a big day. Member States will be tackling four important items on their agenda: youth and crime, the United Nations guidelines on crime prevention, technical assistance for implementing the international instruments against terrorism, and cybercrime.

On top of all that, about 18 ancillary meetings are scheduled on issues ranging from the death penalty, child porngraphy, the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative, and the need for a cybercrime treaty. Also on the issue of cybercrime, a “UNODC cybercrime investigations lab” has been organized to run from today until Friday.

About the Congress

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 9 April 2010

The countdown has started: today is my last day at work before I leave for Brazil tomorrow morning and it’s only three days to the start of the Congress. Since I’m not on site yet, below is some official information (some of it taken from the press kit prepared by the United Nations Information Service in Vienna and shown in the picture).

The Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a global forum bringing together a diverse gathering of policymakers and practitioners in crime prevention and criminal justice.

Between 12 and 19 April 2010, government representatives will meet in Salvador, Brazil, to discuss a wide range of issues, including youth and crime, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, money-laundering, corruption, cybercrime and violence against migrants. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, based in Vienna, acts as secretariat of the Congress. For the official agenda, click here.

In addition, over 70 so-called “ancillary” meetings will be held by experts from research institutes affiliated with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks and other entities working on issues related to crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law. Some of their presentations will be on issues that are already on the agenda to be discussed by governments (youth and crime, for example), while others are not (victims’ rights is one). For more information about the workshops and presentations offered, click here.