MEDIA ADVISORY

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to address 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice  

VIENNA, 8 May (UN Information Service) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will address the 27 th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on the opening day, Monday 14 May, at 4.20 p.m. For more information on the programme of the Secretary-General, please click here.

Journalists are invited to cover the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) taking place in Vienna from 14 to 18 May. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will address the opening session starting at 10 a.m. 

The CCPCJ brings together participants from Member States, inter-governmental organizations and civil society. This year's thematic discussion will focus on criminal justice responses to prevent and counter cybercrime.

On 14 May, a cybercrime workshop organized by the Network of Institutes affiliated with the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (PNI) will address the challenges data overload, encryption, and data protection and privacy laws pose for cybercrime investigations, among other topics.

Resolutions under consideration by the Commission address the misuse of information technologies for trafficking in persons including children, strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, access to legal aid and restorative justice.

Close to 90 events are scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the CCPCJ. During a side event on integrating a gender perspective in programming and evaluation, UNODC will be showcasing its work to prevent and stop trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants.

The CCPCJ plays a critical role in advancing collective efforts against national and transnational crime, while strengthening fair and effective criminal justice institutions. As the main policymaking body of the United Nations addressing crime prevention and criminal justice issues, and a governing body of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Commission acts as a forum where Member States decide on resolutions and decisions, exchange knowledge and best practices in preventing and countering crime.  

Media accreditation:

Media representatives who wish to cover the 27 th session of the CCPCJ, and who are not accredited to the Vienna International Centre, should email press@unvienna.org for accreditation. Journalists can attend plenary meetings and use the M-Building. Member States will make transcriptions and statements available to journalists at their own discretion.

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CCPCJ27 and follow @UNODC and @YuryFedotov and @UN_Vienna for updates.

Further information can be found at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CCPCJ/session/27_Session_2018/session-27-of-the-ccpcj.html

For further information please contact:

Brian Hansford
Advocacy Section Chief, UNODC
Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-83225
Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3225
Email: brian.hansford[at]un.org

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