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    UNIS/MA/247
    13 May 2019

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, preventing and combatting hate crime - journalists invited to cover the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

    VIENNA, 13 May (UN Information Service) - Journalists are invited to cover the 28 th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) to be held between 20 and 24 May in Vienna, Austria. The plenary meetings as well as the side events are open to the media.

    The thematic debate of this session, beginning on Tuesday, 21 May, will focus on the responsibility of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems in preventing and countering crime motivated by intolerance or discrimination of any kind ("hate crime"). The Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network are organizing a half-day workshop on the topic.

    The Commission will also discuss the follow-up to and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.

    During the 28th session of the Commission, Member States will discuss draft resolutions addressing crime prevention and criminal justice, including preventing and countering child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse online; cybercrime and terrorism; tackling all forms of transnational organized crime especially smuggling of cultural property, wildlife, and commercial goods; and enhancing the security of the precious metals supply chain. The session will also discuss preparations for the 14 th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Kyoto, Japan, in April 2020.

    A youth forum will take place in the framework of the session and will report its outcome to the plenary.

    The list of draft resolutions can be found here.

    More than 100 side events and 24 exhibitions are scheduled to take place on the margins of this year's CCPCJ. The programme is available here.

    The CCPCJ plays a critical role in advancing collective efforts against national and transnational crime, while strengthening fair and effective criminal justice institutions. As the main policymaking body of the United Nations addressing crime prevention and criminal justice issues, and a governing body of UNODC, the Commission is the forum for Member States to adopt resolutions and decisions, exchange knowledge and good practices in preventing and countering crime and work to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 16.

    Media accreditation

    Media representatives who wish to cover the 28th Session of the CCPCJ, and who are not accredited to the Vienna International Centre, should email press.vienna@un.org for accreditation.

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

    Access to the M-building is via Gate 1 of the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

    Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CCPCJ28 and follow @UNODC, @YuryFedotov, @CCPCJ and @UN_Vienna for updates.

    Further information can be found here.

    Draft Agenda of the 28 th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justiceis available here.

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    For further information please contact:

    Sonya  Yee 
    Speechwriter and Spokesperson, UNODC 
    Phone: (+43 1) 26060-4990 
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4990 
    Email: sonya.yee[at]un.org

    or

    Brian Hansford 
    Advocacy Section Chief, UNODC 
    Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-83225 
    Email: brian.hansford[at]un.org

    or

    Anne  Thomas 
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna 
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5588 
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5588 
    Email: anne.thomas[at]un.org