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    20 May 2016

    25th Crime Commission to focus on criminal justice responses to terrorism

    Running from 23-27 May, the UN Crime Commission draws together around 1,000 participants from member states, civil society and academia to discuss the latest developments in crime prevention and criminal justice.

    VIENNA, 20 May (UN Information Service) - The 25th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (called the Crime Commission) will examine how criminal justice responses can prevent and counter terrorism.

    Speaking ahead of the Crime Commission, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said, "Hardly a day goes by when deadly terrorist atrocities are not splashed across the newspaper headlines. Countering terrorism means cutting off the finances, but it also means confronting the underlying violent extremism, and the foreign-terrorist-fighters who help fuel these deadly attacks."

    It is, therefore, very important, he added, "that the Crime Commission discusses how to prevent and counter terrorism, to ensure that our work on criminal justice and crime prevention is firmly allied to the work of our partners on this topic all over the world."

    The thematic discussion will look at terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including terrorist financing and the technical assistance needed to fully implement the various international terrorism instruments, as well as the relevant international conventions such as the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. 

    Other events include, on Monday 23 May, a side event titled "UNODC - INTERPOL Joint Action Plan: Making a Strategic Global Partnership Operational". The event will be attended by Mr. Fedotov and Jurgen Stock, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization with 190 member countries.

    On Tuesday 24 May, UNODC will launch the first global Wildlife Crime Report at an event attended by Mr. Fedotov as well as the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon.

    Every year, the Crime Commission brings together around 1,000 participants from Member States, civil society and academia to share experiences and promote standards on criminal justice and crime prevention. This year, there are around 50 side events on topics including: extremism, cybercrime, the elderly victims of crime, and procedural safeguards for children in prison. 


    For the programme of events, including side events, go to:

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    For further information please contact:

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