France, re-elected to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
France has been elected candidate to renew its mandate as member of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The election took place on 16 April 2018 at the United Nations Economic and social Council (ECOSOC) in order to designate the CCPCJ members for the 2019-2021 mandate.
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France has been reelected, on 16 April 2018, for another three-year term at the CCPCJ and wishes to thank all the States that vae supported this candidacy.
During this three-year term, the commission will among others focus on the potential links between terrorism and transnational organised crime and also on the development of cybercrime.
This commission, that is part of the ECOSOC, is the main body of the United Nations dedicated to the prevention of crime and policy making in the field of penal justice. It covers a wide range of topics, from transitional organized crime to the fight against terrorism and its financing, while also dealing with corruption and emerging criminal threats.
The CCPCJ convenes every year in May to discuss and adopt some decisions and resolutions. This yearly meeting gives to the States the opportunity to discuss, exchange experiences and information to help them to develop national and international strategies, along with establishing priorities to fight crime.
France contributed to the creation of the CCPCJ during the ministerial meeting of Versailles, in 1991. Its large composition (40 elected members coming from all regions, according to geographical balance) and its wide mandate give the commission the ability to address all new forms of organised crime. The decisions that are taken give important guidelines for the international community in the fight against transnational organised crime.
In view of the multiplication of transnational criminal threats, France remains committed to international tools and especially to the Palermo Convention and its three additional protocols.
The support of France to the CCPCJ is ancient and permanent. It can be seen, among other things, through :
- an important commitment in all working groups of the Commission;
- the contribution of experts and the supply of technical assistance, for example in the fight against human trafficking;
- the financing of Junior Professional Officers that contribute, on site (Abuja, Dakar, Tunis) to the activities of UNODC to fight against human trafficking, migrants trafficking, transnational organised crime and to prevent terrorism;
- a financial contribution to the general purpose fund and to support the implementation of the Palermo and Merida Conventions.
On a more general view, the year 2018 will be dedicated to the commitment of France to fight against transnational threats:
- a conference on countering the financing of terrorism will gather a large number of organisations and countries, members of G20 and of the GAFI, in Paris, in April, in order to evaluate the risks and strategic deficiencies and to seek solution for a more efficient international cooperation ;
- France will prepare the 3rd Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (New York, 18 – 29 June 218) to reach a concrete support to the actions of fight against arms trafficking.