VIENNA, 24th May, 2016 (WAM) — Opening the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Crime Commission, in Vienna on Monday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s, UNODC, Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said that justice and the rule of law can build resilient institutions that support the 2030 Development Agenda, particularly Goal 16.

Mr. Fedotov noted that UNODC’s work supported the Sustainable Development Goals and was “part of the unified responses needed to confront the many crises the world is facing”.

He emphasised that the implementation of the Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress, and the follow-up to the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in Saint Petersburg in late 2015, were also key enablers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets.

On the Crime Commission’s work, Mr. Fedotov called for participants to “advance effective responses based on the tried and tested international framework provided by the Conventions against transnational organised crime and corruption, international counterterrorism instruments, and the standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice.”

He said this work was needed to disrupt criminal networks and terrorist outrages, and to counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence. It was also necessary, Mr. Fedotov said, to confront corruption and to enhance the administration of justice, including for children, as well as to respond to violence against women.

The theme of the Crime Commission examines terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including terrorist financing and the technical assistance in support of the relevant international conventions and protocols.

Every year, the Crime Commission draws together around 1,000 participants annually from member states, civil society and academia. At this year’s Crime Commission, there are around 50 side events and 14 exhibitions on crime prevention and criminal justice matters.

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