What is UNICRI?
UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1967 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. Crime is a common concern both for governments and citizens across the globe. As crime becomes increasingly internationalized, new forms of crime emerge, and organized crime spreads, national responses, and international cooperation are required in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI supports governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability. UNICRI is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI' s goals are:
- to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
- to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
- to support the respect of international instruments and other standards;
- to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.
UNICRI is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of eminent experts. The staff cover a wide range of expertise in the management of research, training, technical cooperation and documentation, and are supported by highly qualified consultants selected according to project requirements.
What UNICRI does
UNICRI's programmes aim to promote national self-reliance and the development of institutional capabilities. To this end, UNICRI provides a one-stop facility offering high-level expertise in crime prevention and criminal justice problems. Technical co-operation is enhanced by the use of action-oriented research to assist in the formulation of improved policies and concrete intervention programmes. Institutional and on-the-job training of specialized personnel form an integral part of UNICRI activities.
Areas of Action
With more than 40 years of experience, UNICRI has structured its work programmes and modus operandi in order to always be responsive to the needs of the international community. UNICRI's programmes focus on different areas with the aim of creating and testing new and holistic approaches to preventing crime and promoting justice and development. UNICRI plays a leading role with respect to specific niches and supports the work of other international organizations through its specialized and advanced services. The Institute's current priorities include:
- Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear risks mitigation;
- Illicit trafficking in precious metals;
- Environmental crimes;
- Urban Security;
- Security during major events;
- Addressing gender issues in drug abuse and treatment;
- Domestic violence;
- Protection of vulnerable population and victims;
- Juvenile justice;
- International Criminal Law.
Who We Are
UNICRI was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) following Resolution 1086, which urged an expansion of United Nations activities in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute is an autonomous institution of the United Nations and is presently ruled by the Statute adopted by ECOSOC with Resolution No.1989/56 of 24 May 1989. UNICRI operates within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network. The Institute carries out action-oriented research and training and implements technical cooperation programmes. It aims to assist governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development, and political stability and in fostering the development of just and efficient criminal justice systems. UNICRI supports the formulation and implementation of improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, the promotion of national self-reliance, and the development of institutional capabilities. The Institute works to advance the understanding of crime-related problems, supporting the respect for international instruments and standards. It facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information, cooperation in international law enforcement and judicial assistance. UNICRI structures its activities to meet the identified needs of member States. Its programme activities arise from priorities identified by the UN Annual Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Commission. The Institute's current priorities include, amongst others, activities related to organized crime, judicial reform, international criminal law, juvenile justice, security and counter-terrorism, major event security, urban security, corruption, victim protection, domestic violence, counterfeiting, cybercrime, crimes against the environment, and gender issues in drug abuse. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of eminent experts from different countries.
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