Fri 19-05-2017 19:17 PM

Organised crime in all its devastating forms to be addressed at UN agency's meeting next week

ABU DHABI, 19th May, 2017 (WAM) -- Transnational organised crime in all its devastating forms will be addressed at the 26th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, CCPCJ, beginning next week in Vienna, Austria, the United Nations Information Service Vienna reported on Friday.

"Fostering coordinated responses to crime, corruption, terrorism and violence are vital, if we are to support victims, promote and strengthen the rule of law and bring down the criminal networks," said Yury Fedotov Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, in an emailed statement.

Crime Commission was the starting point for these connected efforts due to the expert discussions and resolutions setting out the strategic actions to be undertaken by UNODC in tackling crime, Mr. Fedotov said.

Starting on Monday 22nd May, the CCPCJ begins with a high-level opening session followed by a thematic debate examining crime prevention strategies and public participation, social policies and education in support of the rule of law.

Over 100 side-events will be held during the five days of the CCPCJ. One of the highlights is a special event on Assisting and Protecting Human Trafficking Survivors with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Dignity for Survivors of Human Trafficking, on Monday 22nd May.

Other subjects covered at side-events include health and justice, migrant smuggling, fostering peaceful and inclusive societies, cybercrime, the sustainable development goals, urban crime prevention, prisons, container control, and femicide.

The CCPCJ is held annually and regularly attracts up to 1,000 participants representing Member States, civil society, academia and international organisations.