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    12 May 2015


    Foreign terrorist fighters to be discussed at Crime Commission event

    24th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to advance implementation of Doha Declaration

    VIENNA, 12 May (UN Information Service) - Media are invited to attend the 24th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - the Crime Commission - to be held from 18 to 22 May.

    A special event on 18 May will discuss suitable responses to foreign terrorist fighters. Many terrorist groups are increasingly engaged in recruiting foreign fighters, and UNODC has recently launched a global initiative to strengthen judicial efforts against terrorist recruitment, incitement to terrorism, terrorism financing, and terrorist training, among other activities.

    Following from the success of the 13th Crime Congress in Doha in April, the Crime Commission will also advance the implementation of the Doha Declaration.A thematic discussion on 19 May will make the connection between the Doha Declaration and the UN Heads of State Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, as well as to the 14th Crime Congress to be held in Japan in 2020.

    There are currently nine draft resolutions before the Crime Commission on subjects as varied as trafficking in cultural property and the treatment of prisoners that were also the focus of the Doha Declaration. By passing these resolutions, the Crime Commission is seeking to ensure that the essential elements of the Doha Declaration become fully operational and benefit countries.

    As well delivering an opening address on Monday 18 May, the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov will speak on the same day at an event jointly organized by UNODC and Italy on the Italian experience of protecting migrants at sea and addressing the smuggling of migrants. On the following day, Tuesday 19 May, he will provide a keynote address on UNODC's approach to illicit trafficking in wild fauna and flora.

    More than 30 side events will be held during the 24th Session highlighting the wide-ranging discussions on crime prevention and criminal justice matters. Side events include: confronting violence against women, the treatment of prisoners, addressing HIV in prisons, cybercrime and asset recovery techniques, among others. All side events are open to the media.

    For media accreditation:

    Media representatives who wish to attend the Opening of the Conference and side events, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should contact

    Access to the M-building is via Gate One of the Vienna International Centre.


    For further information on the draft resolutions go to:

    For further information on the programme go to:

    For further information please contact:

    David Dadge
    Spokesperson, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-5629
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629
    Email: david.dadge[at]


    Reka Furtos
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-83019
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3019
    Email: reka.furtos[at]