On November 9, 2016 the ICCLR Executive Director participated in the 2016 Autumn Coordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) that was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was hosted by the Thailand Institute of Justice and held in conjunction with the first ASEAN Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (ACCPCJ) which took place on November 9-11, 2016. The PNI consists of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and a number of interregional and regional institutes as well as specialized Centres around the world. Collectively, PNI institutes have vast expertise and strength and are often called upon by Member States in various resolutions to carry out its work. The institutes meet regularly to coordinate their efforts and often undertake or support joint programme activities.
One of the most significant undertakings of the PNI is their role in organizing workshops and regional preparatory meetings for UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (UNCCPCJ) that are held every five years. With Japan set to host the 14th UNCCPCJ in 2020, Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice, Hiroshi Kikuchi, attended the November 8th meeting in order to provide the PNI with a brief overview of the Congress preparations. He informed the PNI that a Congress Executive Committee has been established. With respect to theme he indicated that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular its Goal 16, will be an important achievement and it is vital for the 2020 Congress to build on this. The government of Japan is currently in the process of soliciting interest from local governments wishing to host the Congress and the host city will be decided upon during the summer of 2017.
Dr. Matti Joutsen, Director of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (HEUNI), noted that the decision on the Congress theme, the agenda items and the workshop topics would be made by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, however, the PNIs may submit suggestions through Member States. The PNI reiterated it support to organizing the congress workshops in 2020 and a number of preliminary topics for the workshops were discussed.
On behalf of the International Centre for Crime Prevention (ICPC) Mr.Mikael Johansson (Raul Wallenburg Institute for Human Rights reported on the preparations for the PNI Workshop to be held at the next session of the Crime Commission (22-26 May 2017), on the theme of “comprehensive and integrated crime prevention strategies: public participation, social policies and education in support of the rule of law”
At the conclusion of the PNI meeting a reception for the PNI delegates was hosted by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha.