Daejeon (Republic of Korea), 18 June 2021 - The UNODC-KOSTAT Centre of Excellence (CoE) has published the 2021 Brochure with updated content and design. The content addresses why crime statistics are needed, the tools provided by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the roles of the CoE, including the support provided across three areas: political and institutional support; technical support; and knowledge sharing.
The CoE engages with policymakers at the political and institutional levels to encourage and support the prioritization of crime statistics. The engagement has included addressing limited prioritization of crime statistics during the online advocacy campaign, the ‘Crime-Data-Policy Week’, 7-11 June 2021. The campaign was posted on social media and can be found here. Engagement with policymakers also includes effective research and development to address knowledge gaps in the region. In 2021, the CoE is developing Regional Snapshots and Innovation Briefs on the most pressing crime challenges in Asia and the Pacific region and identifying improved methodological approaches to measure and respond to crime.
The CoE also provides technical support and capacity-building training to the Member States and Associate Members. This commitment includes providing customized technical assistance to specific countries including implementing the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS), Crime Victimization Surveys and Corruption Surveys. In September and October 2021, the ‘Regional Training on Measuring SDG 16 in Asia’ will be launched in collaboration with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Additionally, in November 2021 the second edition of the E-learning course ‘Crime Statistics from a Gender Perspective’, will be launched in partnership with United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP).
For knowledge sharing, the CoE hosts and participates in conferences to share knowledge and experience with governments, academia, NGOs, and other stakeholders. In June 2021, the ‘5th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics’ was co-hosted by the CoE, UNODC-INEGI CoE, UNODC, National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI), and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT). The Conference brought together the world’s foremost experts on crime statistics to ensure the availability of high-quality data for evidence-based policymaking.
Please download the attached brochure to learn more about the CoE or visit Twitter and Facebook for more information.
Daejeon, (Republic of Korea) Virtual, 11 June 2021 - In collaboration with its sister Centre, the UNODC-INEGI Centre of Excellence, the CoEs conducted the Crime-Data-Policy Week; an online advocacy campaign to emphasize the importance of data prioritization for monitoring crime patterns and trends and developing, monitoring and evaluating evidence-based policies. The 7-11 June campaign, disseminated videos and images to global networks through social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) and email.
Producing, collecting, analysing and disseminating crime data at national, regional, and international levels is crucial for understanding crime and responding with effective evidence-based policies. Without timely high-quality data, it is difficult to understand crime patterns and trends to prevent violence, corruption, trafficking in persons, organized crime, and the factors impacting access to justice and rule of law. Yet, only when based on high-quality data, can policies be developed, monitored and evaluated.
However, the quality and quantity of crime statistics in Asia and the Pacific requires significant improvement. According to the ESCAP, Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2021, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, ‘peace, justice and strong institutions’, is one of the three goals that has the poorest data availability and two-thirds of the SDG 16 indicators cannot be measured because of low data availability.
The campaign advocated the need to raise the prioritization of data quality and quantity for evidence-based policymaking, among those working in relevant fields, including national policymakers and technical staff, academia, Civil Society and Non-governmental Organisations. The engaging content focused on the impacts of crime on communities and how data can be used to benefit those communities. Subsequently, the campaign presented the slogan, “Solid Data - Strong Policy - Safe Community”, across five advocacy materials disseminated daily, and are found at the following links:
· Monday 7 June: Were Policies Effective? (Video);
· Tuesday 8 June: Understanding Corruption for Evidence-based Policies (GIF);
· Wednesday 9 June: Data for Protecting the Vulnerable: Trafficking in persons (Video);
· Thursday 10 June: Evidence-based Policymaking for Violence Against Women (Poster);
· Friday 11 June: Data for Access to Justice: Evaluating criminal justice systems (Video).
The materials from the Crime-Data-Policy Week resulted in over 6,000 Twitter Impressions to address the important issues related to the thematic programmes of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to promote crime data prioritization and increase the visibility of the CoEs as regional crime statistics innovation hubs.
The released advocacy materials can be found at CoE Twitter @CoE_UNODC and Facebook @UNODC.KOSTAT.CoE.
Kyoto (Japan) Virtual, 12 March 2021– Since 1955, the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, has been held every 5 years as the largest platform for Member States, International Organizations (IGOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and experts to discuss nd develop the field of crime and criminal justice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Congress was postponed to 7-12 March 2021 and was held in hybrid format from Kyoto, Japan. This, the 14th Congress which included 5600 registered participants representing 152 Member States, 37 IGOs and 114 NGOs.
Of the 150 ancillary meetings held over the 5-day event, the UNODC Centres of Excellence (CoE) partnered to discuss the importance of crime statistics in the session “Modernizing Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics”, 12 March.
The session was moderated by Ms. Angela Me, Chief, Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC with presentations from Ms. Salomé Flores Sierra, Coordinator, UNODC-INEGI CoE and Mr. Matthew Harris-Williams, Researcher, UNODC-KOSTAT CoE. The presentations gave examples of CoE support using international standards in crime data collection for evidence-based policymaking and the best practice of Member States in the development of administrative crime records, crime victimization surveys and the use of big data and other new technologies. Latin America and Caribbean examples ranged from the conducting Local Safety Audits in Mexico and Asia and the Pacific examples included best practice in administrative systems from Australia and Kazakhstan and the experimental use of Big Data for SDG16 Indicators in Philippines.
At the conclusionof the Congress, Member States drafted the Kyoto Declaration (A/CONF.234/L.6) further contributing to increasing the prioritizationof crime statistics for evidence-based crime prevention strategies. The declaration included:
“22. Enhance evidence-based crime prevention strategiesthrough the collection and analysis of data using systematic and coherentcriteria, bearing in mind the International Classification of Crime forStatistical Purposes, and evaluate the effectiveness of such strategies;
23. Improve the quality and availability of data oncrime trends, considering the development of statistical indicators, and sharesuch data, on a voluntary basis, to strengthen our capacity to betterunderstand global crime trends and improve the effectiveness of strategies toprevent and combat crime.”
With the prioritization of this important field, the CoEs will continue to develop the technical capacity of Member States to produce, collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality crime statistics
Further information on the UNODC-KOSTAT CoE can be found at Twitter @CoE_UNODC and Facebook @UNODC.KOSTAT.CoE. Further information of the UNODC-INEGI CoE can be found color:#4BACC6;mso-themecolor:accent5;mso-fareast-language:KO">here and Twitter @CdE_UNODC.