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 COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Episode 1 – UN Crime Congress

Episode 2 – International Drug Policy Consortium

Episode 3 – The Alliance and Civil Society

Episode 4 – The UN and Cybercrime                

Episode 5 – Penal Reform International

Episode 6 – Considering Criminal Justice Governance at the UN

Episode 7 – Voices of Resilience

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Ian Tennant

Ian joined the Global Initiative in 2019 as the Fund Manager for the Civil Society Resilience Fund. He is based in Vienna, having previously worked at the UK Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna. During his five years at the UK Mission Ian led UK engagement with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and represented the UK in several prominent UN negotiations on organised crime and related issues, including the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), and the UNTOC Conference of Parties which established its Review Mechanism in 2018. Prior to joining the UK Mission Ian worked in the UK Parliament, and in political consultancy and corporate communications. He has an MA in British Politics, and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies.

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