Draft Kyoto declaration on advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law

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The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is the world's largest and most diverse gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The Congresses provide a forum for (a) the exchange of views between States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and individual experts representing various professions and disciplines; (b) the exchange of experiences in research, law and policy development; and (c) the identification of emerging trends and issues in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics.
The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held from 7 to 12 March 2021 in Kyoto, Japan.
The Draft Kyoto Declaration stresses out that crime is becoming increasingly transnational, organized and complex. Criminals are exploiting new and emerging technologies, including the Internet, to carry out their illicit activities, thus creating unprecedented challenges in preventing and combating existing crimes, as well as new and emerging forms of crime. Sustainable development and the rule of law are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Crime is an impediment to sustainable development and that achieving sustainable development is an enabling factor for States to effectively prevent and combat crime. Hence, efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice must be strengthened to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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