Dates for the Kyoto Congress Decided

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (“the CCPCJ”), in its 27th session held in Vienna, Austria, officially decided that the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (“the Kyoto Congress”) will be held in Kyoto from April 20 to 27, 2020.

Vice-Minister Kurokawa
delivered a statement at the plenary
The CCPCJ was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as one of its functional commissions. Consisting of 40 Member States elected by the ECOSOC, the CCPCJ is mandated, among others, to implement and review the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme. The 27th session of the CCPCJ was held in Vienna, Austria, from May 14 to 18, 2018. As a member of the Japanese delegation, Hiromu Kurokawa, Vice-Minister of Justice, and other government officials from Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs , attended the meetings in this session.

On the first day of the session, following after the ministers of Member States, Vice-Minister Kurokawa delivered a high-level statement at the plenary meeting. Vice-Minister Kurokawa emphasized the importance to holding the Congress in Kyoto, and stated that Japan is pleased to welcome delegations to the historic city. Vice-Minister Kurokawa also highlighted the importance of measures towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which is closely linked with the overall theme of the Kyoto Congress, and expressed that Japan will be organizing the Youth Forum as a platform for the young people to play an active role .

The Japanese delegation
hosted a side event on the first day
In addition, the Japanese delegation hosted a side event on the first day of the session. The event, titled “UN Crime Congress Returns to Kyoto,” invited a speaker from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), looked back the 4th Congress, which was held in Kyoto in 1970, and provided a prospect of the Kyoto Congress. In this session, Japan submitted a draft resolution on the preparation for the 14th Congress including a paragraph on its date and place. The resolution was adopted, and it was officially decided that the Kyoto Congress will be held from April 20 to 27, 2020.

Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice Yamauchi
delivered a statement at the plenary
During the session, various Member States expressed their support and expectation to the Kyoto Congress. In response, Yoshimitsu Yamauchi, Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice, expressed Japan’s determination to carry out steady preparations towards the success of the Kyoto Congress.

Statement by Vice-Minister of Justice

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