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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 — 7 to 12 March 2021
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.

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UN Congress postponed - new dates 7 to 12 March 2021

The 14th UN Crime Congress will be held from 7 to 12 March 2021, with pre-session consultations on 6 March 2021. The restructured Congress will be six-days instead of the original eight-days. THE SCHEDULE IS NOW ON THE WEBSITE. . ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESS - INCLUDING ONLINE PARTICIPANTS. FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION is at https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/crimecongress/registration_2.html Those of you planning on traveling to Kyoto - let me suggest that you check with your Japanese consuilate or embassy to make sure you will be permitted to travel to Japan and under what conditions BEFORE you purchase your air tickets. Also, check with your own government to be sure you know all the regulations you will need to follow after the Congress. Travel rules for Japan are not within our (Ancillary Meeting coordination) nor within UNODC - Japan is solely in charge of those and are the only source to provide answers to your questions.
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