Posted on 02 Apr 2020
The Road to Kyoto is a podcast
series from the GI-TOC with some
of the leading experts who study and track organized crime and related issues, in the context of the upcoming
United Nations Crime Congress.
The Congress usually takes place every 5 years, and the next one was due to be held in Kyoto, Japan, in April
2020. It has now been postponed to an undetermined future date to the
This podcast looks into some of the key issues that will be discussed
and debated at the Congress, such as cybercrime, drugs policy, human rights,
and the role of civil society in preventing and countering organized crime.
The United Nations Crime Congress, which usually meets every
five years, is a key opportunity for the international community to make
progress on countering organized crime and the damage it does around the world.
The Congress, as an international non-decision-making conference, is
easy to characterize as detached from the realities on the ground.
Nevertheless, its influence over crime policy is significant, as is the
opportunity it affords to galvanize international action, and to exchange
experiences and new ideas. The agreements reached during past UN Crime
Congresses do in fact shape the policy direction of the UN on organized crime.
At the same time, however, other issues can overshadow those prioritized at the
Congress, and follow-up has arguably been too narrowly focused.
This series seeks to shed light on these issues and how to make progress on them through the Congress, particularly in light of the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.