Dates for the Kyoto Congress Have been 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. The Japanese delegation was led by Hiromu Kurokawa, Vice-Minister of Justice, and included other government officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , attended the meetings in this session.

On the first day of the session, Vice-Minister Kurokawa delivered a high-level statement at the plenary meeting. Vice-Minister Kurokawa stated that he appreciated the importance of holding the Congress in Kyoto and 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 are closely linked with the overall theme of the Kyoto Congress, and announced 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
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 at the 4th Congress, which was held in Kyoto in 1970, and provided a prospect of the Kyoto Congress. During this session, Japan submitted a draft resolution on the preparations for the 14th Congress including a paragraph on its date and location. 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
Various Member States expressed their support and expectations for the Kyoto Congress. In response, Yoshimitsu Yamauchi, Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice, expressed Japan’s determination to carry out steady preparations to ensure the success of the Kyoto Congress.

Statement by Vice-Minister of Justice

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