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10 February 2010


Media Accreditation for 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to be held in Brazil now open

VIENNA, 10 February (UN Information Service) - Media accreditation for the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Salvador, Brazil, from 12-19 April 2010 is now open.

Visit the UNIS website and click on Media Accreditation to fill out the form. Though accreditation will also be available at the Centro de Convenções da Bahia, Salvador, representatives of the media are strongly encouraged to accredit in advance, to avoid delays in collecting their badges.

Queries should be addressed to Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer at

The theme for the Twelfth Congress, which is hosted by the Government of Brazil, will be "Comprehensive strategies for global challenges: crime prevention and criminal justice systems and their development in a changing world".

Crime congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world and have contributed to shaping international and domestic policies and promoting novel thinking and approaches to complex issues at the heart of one of the key institutions of the modern state: the criminal justice system.

The Twelfth Crime Congress will bring together the largest and most diverse gathering of policymakers and practitioners in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as parliamentarians, individual experts from academia and representatives of civil society and the media.

The Twelfth Crime Congress marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of United Nations congresses on crime prevention and criminal justice.

Accreditation at the Congress Venue:

Registration will begin on Friday, 9 April 2010 from 10:00 - 18:00 hours. As of Saturday, 10 April 2010, the registration desk will be open from 08:00 to 18:00 hours, and on 16 and 17 April from 08:00- 21:00 hours.

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For further information on media accreditation, kindly contact:

Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer
Accreditation Assistant, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-3342

For other media-related questions, kindly contact:

Jaya Mohan
Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4448