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Reference:  A/60/100  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

 
 

  Item 106:  

 

Crime prevention and criminal justice

Date of consideration:  7 & 10 October 2005

Third Committee report (59th session):  A/59/494  [ F ]  [ S ]  [ A ]  [ C ]  [ R ]

Documents:

A/60/123  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

A/60/131  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity

A/60/157   [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on preventing and combating corrupt practices and transfer of funds of illicit origin and returning such assets to the countries of origin

A/60/164  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on strengthening international cooperation and technical assistance in preventing and combating terrorism

A/60/172  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Report of the Secretary-General on preparations for the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

A/60/403  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Note verbale dated 28 September 2005 from the Permanent Mission of Madagascar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

A/60/405  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]

Letter dated 29 September 2005 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

Summary:

The First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders was held at Geneva in 1955, the Second Congress in London in 1960, the Third Congress in Stockholm in 1965, the Fourth Congress in Kyoto in 1970, the Fifth Congress at Geneva in 1975, the Sixth Congress in Caracas in 1980, the Seventh Congress in Milan in 1985, the Eighth Congress in Havana in 1990, the Ninth Congress in Cairo in 1995, the Tenth Congress in Vienna in 2000 and the Eleventh Congress in Bangkok from 18 to 25 April 2005.

At its forty-sixth session, the General Assembly recommended that a commission on crime prevention and criminal justice be established as a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (resolution 46/152).

At its forty-seventh to fifty-eighth sessions, the General Assembly continued its consideration of the question (resolutions 47/87, 47/89, 47/91, 48/101 to 48/103, 49/156 to 49/159, 50/145 to 50/147, 51/59 to 51/63, 52/85 to 52/91, 53/110 to 53/114, 54/125 to 54/131, 55/25, 55/59 to 55/64, 55/188, 55/255, 56/119, 56/120, 57/169 to 57/171, 57/173, 58/4 and 58/135 to 58/140 and decision 58/531).

International cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime: assistance to States in capacity-building with a view to facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto

At its fifty-fifth session, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both supplementing the Convention (resolution 55/25). Following their adoption, the Convention and the two Protocols were opened for signature at a high-level political signing conference in Palermo, Italy, convened in December 2000 pursuant to Assembly resolution 54/129.

At its fifty-fifth session, the General Assembly adopted the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (resolution 55/255). The Protocol was opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters 30 days after its adoption by the Assembly.

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly welcomed the entry into force of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; urged all States and relevant regional economic integration organizations to consider ratifying or acceding to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition as soon as possible; encouraged Member States to make sufficient voluntary contributions to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund, as well as contributions in direct support of activities and projects of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the provision of technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for the implementation of those legal instruments; and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution in his report on the work of the Office on Drugs and Crime to be submitted to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (59/157).

Strengthening international cooperation and technical assistance in promoting the implementation of the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism within the framework of the activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly welcomed the regional and subregional workshops that were held to familiarize national experts and criminal justice officials with the requirements of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) and the requirements for becoming parties to and implementing the universal anti-terrorism instruments and international cooperation agreements, and encouraged the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to ensure proper follow-up to those workshops; requested the Office to continue to work with international organizations that undertake work that is complementary to that of the Office; called upon Member States that had not yet done so to become parties to and implement the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism and, where appropriate, to request assistance to that end from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; requested the Secretariat to develop further the Legislative Guide to the Universal Anti-Terrorism Conventions and Protocols as a tool for the provision of technical assistance; urged Member States to continue working together, as well as on a regional and bilateral basis and in close cooperation with the United Nations, to prevent and combat acts of terrorism by strengthening international cooperation and technical assistance; requested the United Nations to pursue an integrated, synergistic approach in the delivery of technical assistance; requested the Secretariat to submit the guidelines for technical assistance to the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice for discussion, with a view to their consideration by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its subsequent session; invited all Member States to make adequate voluntary contributions to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund; requested the Secretary-General to convene an expert workshop to examine and analyse problems encountered by criminal justice practitioners in affording mutual legal assistance and granting extradition for terrorist offences; invited Member States to examine ways and means to reinforce international cooperation in criminal justice matters pertaining to terrorism prevention during the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; and requested the Secretary-General to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 59/153).

United Nations congresses on crime prevention and criminal justice

At its fifty-seventh session, the General Assembly decided that the main theme of the Eleventh Congress should be "Synergies and responses: strategic alliances in crime prevention and criminal justice"; and accepted with gratitude the offer of the Government of Thailand to host the Eleventh Congress (resolution 57/171).

At its fifty-eighth session, the General Assembly decided to hold the Eleventh Congress from 18 to 25 April 2005; and also decided that the high-level segment would be held during the last three days of the Congress (resolution 58/138).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to begin preparation of a draft declaration at intersessional meetings to be held following its thirteenth session, for submission to the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at least one month prior to its commencement; invited donor countries to cooperate with developing countries to ensure their full participation in the workshops, and encouraged States, other entities concerned and the Secretary-General to work together in order to ensure that the workshops focused on the respective issues and achieved practical results; reiterated its invitation to Governments and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to inform the Eleventh Congress about their activities aimed at putting into practice the plans of action for the implementation of the Vienna Declaration on Crime and Justice: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century; reiterated its request to the Secretary-General to make available the resources necessary to ensure the participation of the least developed countries in the Eleventh Congress; reiterated its invitation to Member States to be represented at the Eleventh Congress at the highest possible level and to participate actively in the high-level segment; requested the Secretary-General to facilitate the organization of ancillary meetings of non-governmental and professional organizations participating in the Eleventh Congress as well as meetings of professional and geographical interest groups, and to take appropriate measures to encourage the participation of the academic and research community in the Congress; requested the Secretary-General to ensure, in collaboration with Member States, a wide and effective programme of public information relating to the preparations for the Congress, to the Congress itself and to the follow-up to and implementation of its recommendations; requested the Secretary-General to prepare an overview of the state of crime and criminal justice worldwide for presentation at the Congress; called upon the Congress to formulate concrete proposals for further follow-up and action; requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its fourteenth session to give high priority to considering the conclusions and recommendations of the Eleventh Congress, with a view to recommending, through the Economic and Social Council, appropriate follow-up by the General Assembly at its sixtieth session; and requested the Secretary-General to ensure proper follow-up to the resolution and to report thereon, through the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/151).

United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly reiterated the need to strengthen further the capacity of the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders to support national mechanisms for crime prevention and criminal justice in African countries; urged the States members of the Institute to make every possible effort to meet their obligations to the Institute; called upon all Member States and non-governmental organizations to adopt concrete practical measures to support the Institute in the development of the requisite capacity and to implement its programmes and activities; requested the Secretary-General to intensify efforts to mobilize all relevant entities of the United Nations system to provide the necessary financial and technical support to the Institute to enable it to fulfil its mandate; called upon the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to work closely with the Institute; requested the Secretary-General to enhance the promotion of regional cooperation, coordination and collaboration in the fight against crime; also requested the Secretary-General to make concrete proposals, including the provision of additional core professional staff, to strengthen the programmes and activities of the Institute and to report to the Assembly at its sixtieth session on the implementation of the resolution (resolution 59/158).

Strengthening the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme; reaffirmed the importance of the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the fulfilment of its mandate in crime prevention and criminal justice; called upon the Secretary-General to enhance further the visibility of the global programmes addressing trafficking in human beings, corruption, organized crime and terrorism; invited all States to support the operational activities of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, through voluntary contributions to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund or through voluntary contributions in direct support of such activities; encouraged relevant programmes, funds and organizations of the United Nations system and invited the international financial institutions to support the operational activities of the Office on Drugs and Crime; urged States and funding agencies to include a crime prevention and criminal justice component in their funding policies for development assistance; requested the Secretary-General to take all necessary measures to provide adequate support to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; urged all States and regional economic organizations that had not yet done so to ratify or accede to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Convention) and the Protocols thereto, as well as to sign, ratify or accede to the United Nations Convention against Corruption; emphasized the importance of the expeditious entry into force of the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition; encouraged States to make adequate and regular voluntary contributions for the implementation of the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto and for the entry into force of the Convention against Corruption; and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (resolution 59/159).

 

 

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