Agenda Item 5 Integration and coordination of efforts by UNODC and Member States in the field
Statement by Mr. Keisuke Senta, Director of UNAFEI
Thank you, Mr./Madam Chair,
It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to update the Commission on UNAFEI’s recent activities.
As a United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institute (PNI), UNAFEI relies on the administrative and budgetary support of the government of Japan, and has supported the UNODC primarily by providing training courses and seminars for criminal justice personnel.
In selecting the themes of its courses and seminars, UNAFEI matches the needs of the participating countries with the priority areas of the United Nations, as identified by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Commission.
In 2017, the themes of UNAFEI’s international training programmes are the “Criminal Justice Response to Organized Crime and Terrorism” and “Enhancing the Rule of Law in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.”
In 2018, the themes of UNAFEI’s international training programmes are the “Countermeasures against Drug Related Crimes” and “Criminal Justice Response to Crimes Motivated by Intolerance or Discrimination.”
The UNAFEI Flyer on our activities in 2018 is available in this conference room.
The outcome of each training course and seminar is shared not only with the course participants but also with criminal justice practitioners around the world through the publication of the “Resource Material Series”.
Mr. /Madam Chair,
One theme to which UNAFEI attaches particular importance is countermeasures against corruption. From October to November 2016, UNAFEI held the 19th UNAFEI UNCAC Training Programme, which focused on effective anti-corruption enforcement in the area of public procurement. This six week training course was attended by 30 participants from overseas and Japan.
In July 2016, UNAFEI co-hosted the tenth annual seminar on “Good Governance for Southeast Asian Countries” in Yogyakarta, Indonesia which focused on contemporary measures for effective international cooperation, a joint effort by UNAFEI as well as the Indonesian-Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Twenty-one criminal justice officials from 10 countries attended the seminar. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the AGO and the KPK, for their tremendous contribution to the success of the seminar.
Other regional and country-focused activities are also ongoing. In collaboration with Thai authorities, we implemented a seminar for the Greater Mekong Area countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam on community-based offender treatment in Bangkok. In Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the seminar for eight Francophone African countries on hot topics in the area of criminal investigation and prosecution gained favorable results. Regular bilateral programs such as joint studies with the Nepalese and Vietnamese prosecution were also quite fruitful.
Mr. /Madam Chair,
UNAFEI has played an active part in past United Nations Congresses, including the coordination and planning of workshops. UNAFEI organized and coordinated workshops at the Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Congresses. The topics of these workshops included crimes related to computer network, measures to combat economic crime, including money-laundering, strategies and best practices against overcrowding in correctional facilities and the treatment and rehabilitation of women and children.
The next congress on crime prevention and criminal justice, the 14th Congress, will be hosted by the government of Japan in 2020. As the PNI member in the host country, UNAFEI hopes to play an active role in the preparation for the next congress, including the coordination and planning of workshops, as UNAFEI has done for past congresses.
UNAFEI’s alumni form a strong international network, which now consists of more than 5,400 former participants from over 135 countries. Many alumni have been serving in important positions within their governments and have been playing leading roles in the field of criminal justice. This alumni network, taking a people-centered approach, fosters international cooperation in criminal justice around the world.
Our activities are greatly assisted by the cooperation and support of various organizations, such as the UNODC, our fellow Programme Network Institutes, JICA and especially the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF). On behalf of UNAFEI, I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to them all.
In closing, let me reassure you of UNAFEI’s continued support for the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.
Thank you very much for your attention.