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Report of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute


Note by the Secretary-General

The report of the Board of Trustees of UNICRI was prepared pursuant to a decision of the Board taken at its meeting held on 23 and 24 October 2019 to report to the Economic and Social Council, through the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The report contains information on the work of, and the results achieved by, the Institute, in accordance with its statute. The report also contains substantive information on the implementation of the UNICRI Strategic Programme Framework for the period 2019–2022. The Commission is requested to welcome the implementation of the Framework and to invite Member States to cooperate with UNICRI on and make voluntary contributions to various activities for the implementation of the Framework.

The Framework contains the following six strategic priorities:

  1. Preventing and countering violent extremism;
  2. Countering organized crime and fighting all forms of trafficking and illicit financial flows;
  3. Reinforcing the rule of law in post-conflict countries;
  4. Security through research, technology and innovation;
  5. Threat response and risk mitigation: security governance;
  6. Preventing crime through the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

The responses to the criminal justice, security and governance issues highlighted in the Framework have been carefully crafted to support and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICRI aims to help with the achievement of the Goals through its tools and expertise in research, training delivery, capacity-building, technical assistance and policy support. The priorities of the Institute are aligned in particular with Goal 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels), but they are also linked to several other Goals (2–6, 8, 9, 11, 14 and 15).


Report of activities 2019


The present report of the Board of Trustees contains a summary of the work carried out by UNICRI in 2019, in line with the UNICRI Strategic Programme Framework for the period 2019–2022.

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