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     10 May 2021


    Journalists invited to cover the 30th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

    Media can follow session online from 17-21 May 2021

    VIENNA, 10 May (UN Information Service) - Journalists are invited to cover the 30th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)  which is being held in a hybrid format with very limited in-person participation between 17 and 21 May in Vienna, Austria.

    A ceremonial opening segment on the first day of the 30th session will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Commission. The ceremonial opening segment will include remarks by:

    •           Munir Akram, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);

    •           Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);

    •           Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice of Austria;

    •           Marta Cartabia, Minister of Justice of Italy;

    •           Yōko Kamikawa, Minister of Justice of Japan;

    •           Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights;

    •           Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Chair of the Alliance of NGOs on crime prevention and criminal justice.

    The topic of the thematic discussion this year is “Effective measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants, while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants, particularly women and children, and those of unaccompanied migrant children”. A workshop of the institutes comprising the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Network (PNI) will be organized on the first day on a related topic, namely “Lessons Learned: Impact of the Smuggling Protocol Twenty Years Later”.

    Resolutions under consideration by the Commission address the following topics:

    -           The United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons;

    -           Strengthening International Cooperation in Addressing Smuggling of Migrants;

    -           Preventing and combating crimes that affect the environment;

    -           Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice;

    -           Reducing reoffending through rehabilitation and reintegration;

    -           Integrating sport into youth crime prevention and criminal justice strategies;

    -           Advancing Criminal Justice System Reform amidst the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic.

    The list of draft resolutions can be found here. 

    The 30th Session is expected to bring together participants from Member States, UN entities, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, and the practitioner community in Vienna and online.

    About 90 side events will take place online during the 30th session of the CCPCJ on topics ranging from preventing and countering gender-based violence; addressing  and prosecuting trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; youth crime prevention; supporting prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration; preventing and combating organized crime and corruption; strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses, including amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; and more.

    Media accreditation

    Journalists are invited to follow the opening segment in an online format on 17 May 2021 at 09:00 am (Vienna time).

    To follow the opening as well as all open segments, go to:

    Member States will make transcriptions and statements available to journalists at their own discretion.

    Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CCPCJ30 and follow @UNODC, @GhadaFathiWaly, @CND_tweets and @UN_Vienna for updates.

    Further information can be found here.

    Draft Agenda of the 30th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is available here.

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    For further information please contact:

    Sonya Yee
    Speechwriter and Spokesperson, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-4990
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4990
    Email: sonya.yee[at]
    Anne Thomas
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5588
    Email: anne.thomas[at]