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The Fourteenth United Nations Congress
on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Since 1955, the United Nations congresses on crime prevention and criminal justice have brought together high-level representatives of Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and criminal justice professionals and scholars, to discuss common concerns, share experiences and seek viable solutions to problems related to crime prevention and criminal justice.
Kyoto, Japan — Date to be Determined
ÔÇťAdvancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda."
Background to the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
furnished courtesy of the Thailand Institute of Justice.

Latest Notice

UN Congress postponed - new dates to be decided soon.

The Secretariat of the 14 Congress issued the following letter on 20 March 2020: We regret to announce that, due to the worldwide situation related to COVID-19 and related factors, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, scheduled to be held in Kyoto, Japan on 20-27 April 2020, will be postponed to an as yet undetermined later date. We expect that the General Assembly will formalize the postponement soon. UNODC and the Host Country Japan are in consultation on possible new dates and are working closely with the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which serves as preparatory body for the Congress. Additional information will be shared in due course. Updated information, including the new dates of the Congress, various deadlines and other changes made eventually, will be announced in due course on our website: www.crimecongress.org. Follow us also on Twitter for updates @CrimeCongressUN. For all inquiries from Non-Governmental Organizations, please contact the Secretariat of the Congress through the Civil Society Team (cst-crimecongress@un.org). For all other inquiries, please contact the Secretariat of the Congress (unodc-congress@un.org). NEW APPLICATIONS FOR ANCILLARY MEETINGS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. HOWEVER - if a session cancelled due to travel restrictions placed on them due to the virus, now that the date will be changed, they are welcome to contact Garyhill@cegaservices.com and request their session be reinstated.
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Professional meetings are usually called by the head of a professional or regional association and can be limited to invited guests and members. In some cases a professional meeting may be organized during the Congress in order to allow individuals of the same profession (e.g. heads of airport tower security) to meet.

Specialized Meetings

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Attending Organizations and Vendors submitted many publications (print, audio, and video) as supplemental to the Congress.


The process for applying to host an exhibit at the 14th Congress will be handled in total by the Japanese Ministry of Justice via their Congress website.


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