Founded in February 2019, the UNODC-KOSTAT Centre of Excellence is a regional hub providing a range of technical support to Asia-Pacific Member States to enhance regional capacity in the approaches to collecting criminal justice data.
Established in 1997, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was created to address the
interlinked issues of illicit trafficking in - and abuse of - drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice,
international terrorism, and the corruption in the context of sustainable development and Human Security.
UNODC main function is to promote the ratification and implementation of international treaties, legislative and institutional reforms and to carry out technical cooperation projects to monitor, prevent and counteract the production, illicit trafficking and abuse of drugs as well as organised crime.
KOSTAT is the Republic of Korea statistical body responsible for leading the development of national statistics and has experience working with the OECD, a multitude of UN agencies and has conducted Official Development Assistance with various Member States. At the centre of KOSTAT work is four strategies:
Leading National Statistics:
- · Organises and leads national bodies in data collection, ensuring methodological standards for efficiently produced high quality statistics.
Enhancing Public interaction:
- · Creates data hubs and open platforms for public access to national statistics to improve public transparency and engagement.
- · Tests data against national policies and develops statistics customized for policy making, reflecting statistical reality and builds local government capability.
Cooperation and Collaboration:
- · Builds networks with national and international partners to share expertise and research
Hyun Jung Park is the National Programme Officer and the Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence
(CoE) for Statistics on Crime and Criminal Justice in Asia and the Pacific.
Ms. Park’s management of the regional centre focuses on supporting states in the development of better mechanisms for measuring crime and criminal justice statistics.
Prior to her appointment to UNODC, Ms. Park was Deputy Director at KOSTAT, where she oversaw methodological research and conducted economic, labour and social surveys. Recently, she has participated in developing the Republic of Korea crime classification framework and has led the implementation of the UNODC International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes.
Ms. Park has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Pusan National University (Republic of Korea), a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chungnam National University (Republic of Korea), and a PhD. in Statistics from Chungnam National University (Republic of Korea).
Matthew Harris-Williams is the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Researcher at the CoE.
Mr. Harris-Williams’ substantive role focuses on assisting states with capacity building, including technical knowledge on the implementation of the ICCS, developing offline and on-line training courses to support SDG indicator data collection and improving contributions to the UN-Crime Trends Survey. In addition, Mr. Harris-Williams provides advocacy support to the CoE by developing regional networks and advocating for evidence-based policymaking.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris-Williams has undertaken roles including working in the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and capacity building consultancy positions with NGOs focusing on Preventing Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia and North Africa.
Mr. Harris-Williams has a Bachelor’s degree in War Studies from King’s College London, London, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St. Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom.
Guilherme Miranda Dutra is the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Methodology Officer at the CoE.
Mr. Dutra works assisting member states in the implementation of Crime Victimization and Corruption surveys, especially with technical knowledge in the areas of survey methodology and data management, as well as organizing capacity building events to promote research and the adoption of new methods for crime data collection.
Prior to his appointment with UNODC, Mr. Dutra has held information management and international law positions in the UN system and in INGOs in Latin America, Asia and Europe. He has supported the implementation of large-scale surveys in humanitarian contexts, carried out research on crime and political violence data and worked in the field implementation of peacebuilding initiatives at the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. He also has experience as a lawyer and as a legislative counsel in Latin America.
Mr. Dutra holds a Master’s degree jointly awarded by LUISS Guido Carli Rome, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of London – SAS, majoring in Legislative Drafting with a focus on evidence-based legislation, and a Law degree by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).