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Historical Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

President:  Paulo Souto Núñez

Chair: Eirik Alvin Otto Halvorsen de la Peña, Paola Isabel Arana Campuzano, Luis Antonio Rodríguez Celaya, Patrick Eduardo Cunille Paniagua, Sofía Torres Escalante 

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Topic A) Strategies to mitigate tensions between the extremist group Al Qaeda and the United States of America, following the onslaughts held against the United States of America, emphasizing on the prevention of crime through terrorist attacks. (1998 - 2001)

Topic B) Measures to eradicate the extremist criminal behavior of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), addressing the attacks of the organization inside the territory of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. (2000 - 2011)

Background and faculties

Upon a request made by the General Assembly in 1991, the Historical Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (HCCPCJ) was created and established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1992. This commission´s labor is to work as the principal body of the United Nations (UN) regarding the policy development towards crime prevention and criminal justice. Its priorities and mandates encompass international action to fight national and transnational delinquency, promotion of criminal law, crime prevention within urban areas and improvement of criminal justice systems. The HCCPCJ celebrates regular annual sessions, meetings in between sessions, besides special events and informal consultations, all of which its 40 Member States take part and get involved.

Having the aim to guide the United Nations activities on the aspects of crime prevention and criminal justice ; the Historical Commision on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is enabled to:

  • Revise and reform the design of national laws, standards and norms according to the legal differences between nations;

  • Build up committees or working groups composed mandatorily by members currently participating  within the Commission, as are deemed necessary and refer to them for any demanded study and report;

  • Cooperate with other U.N. bodies which have specific mandates on controlling, rigorously regulating and managing circumstances towards crime prevention  and criminal justice areas;

  • Maintain close links and collaborates with the institutes belonging to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI), as well as with other organizations and governments on the creation of programs and implementation of strategies;

  • Contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, since sustainable development and the rule of law are strongly interrelated and mutually reinforcing;

  • Offer forums for its members in order to share, negotiate and agree on standards, strategies and norms seeking the fight of crime.

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