KYOTO / CRIME CONGRESS OPENING

07-Mar-2021 00:03:45
The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – held in a hybrid format amid pandemic restrictions – opened in Kyoto on Sunday with calls for renewing global cooperation against crime to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and recover from the pandemic. UNIS VIENNA
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STORY: KYOTO / CRIME CONGRESS OPENING
TRT: 3:45
SOURCE: UNIS VIENNA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 7 MARCH 2021, KYOTO, JAPAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Congress Hall
2. Med shot, Congress presidency handover ceremony
3. Close up, gift from Qatar to Japan
4. Wide shot, podium
5. Med shot, podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Today, the disruption caused by the pandemic is presenting criminals with new opportunities to exploit the marginalized and at risk. We face profound choices. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to address the grave injustices and inequalities that have plagued societies for generations. Inequality works against human development for everyone. We all suffer its consequences.”
7. Wide shot, delegates in hall
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“High levels of inequality are associated with economic instability, corruption financial crisis, increased crime and poor physical and mental health. Crime prevention, criminal justice, and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the social contract between states and their populations Respect for the rule of law underpins human rights and enables sustainable social, political and economic development. People need an inclusive justice system that works for all and is intolerant of discrimination.
9. Med shot, podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Criminals are exploiting new and emerging technologies to carry out their illicit activities, which includes cybercrime. Lawless behavior in cyberspace, has created a new domain for the propagation of crime. The rule of law of the future must be built for all and with technology to facilitate people's access to justice, and to address these emerging trends, including the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech.”
11. Med shot, podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Make no mistake. We will not achieve the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development if we do that, take action on the rule of law and prevention and criminal justice.”
13. Zoom out, Wally going to rostrum
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
“As our world suffers in this prolonged crisis we are united in the urgency to protect people and leave no one behind. We are in a race against time as organized crime has spared no effort in taking advantage of the crisis, from selling falsified vaccines to exploiting those who have lost their livelihood and diverting stimulus funds.”
15. Wide shot, Princess Takamado going to rostrum
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan:
“There are many things that are not right in our world. That nations must unite to rectify. Now that the pandemic has forced all nations to pause for a moment, we have at last the opportunity to address global issues on a more level footing than has been possible in the past. Today, we are united in having to find a common foe: COVID-19. Let us remain united to tackle the other issues that need us all on the same side.”
17. Various shots, delegates applauding
18. Close up, gift from Qatar
STORYLINE
The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – held in a hybrid format amid pandemic restrictions – opened in Kyoto on Sunday with calls for renewing global cooperation against crime to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and recover from the pandemic.

The Congress opening featured statements from Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa and Prosecutor-General Makoto Hayashi, as well as from the President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly.

In the Kyoto Declaration adopted during the high-level segment of the Congress, governments agreed concrete actions to advance responses addressing crime prevention, criminal justice, rule of law and international cooperation. Member States will take commitments forward at the 30th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna in May.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his live address delivered from New York, highlighted the importance of the Crime Congress to tackling challenges arising in the global pandemic.

“Today, the disruption caused by the pandemic is presenting criminals with new opportunities to exploit the marginalized and at risk,” he said. “High levels of inequality are associated with economic instability, corruption financial crisis, increased crime and poor physical and mental health. Crime prevention, criminal justice, and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the social contract between states and their populations.”

Highlighting cybercrime, which “has created a new domain for the propagation of crime,” Guterres said “the rule of law of the future must be built for all and with technology to facilitate people's access to justice, and to address these emerging trends, including the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech.”

The President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, in a pre-recorded statement, said: “Make no mistake. We will not achieve the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development if we do not take action on the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice.”

Organized with the support of UNODC, the Crime Congress represents the world’s largest gathering of governments, international and regional organizations, civil society, experts and scholars focusing on crime prevention and criminal justice.

The Kyoto Congress was adapted to adhere to strict health and safety standards while enabling high-level and diverse participation, with a limited in-person component and the majority of participants joining virtually through a new, dedicated event platform. Of 5,600 participants, some 4,200 are registered for online participation. This includes representatives from 152 Member States, 37 intergovernmental organizations, 114 non-governmental organizations, 600 individual experts and a number of UN entities and institutes.

UNODC Executive Director Waly commended the efforts of Congress participants to write the next chapter in global cooperation for the advancement of crime prevention and criminal justice, towards more peaceful and inclusive societies.

“As our world suffers in this prolonged crisis, we are united in the urgency to protect people and leave no one behind. We are in a race against time, as organized crime has spared no efforts in taking advantage of the crisis, from selling falsified vaccines, to exploiting those who have lost their livelihoods, and diverting stimulus funds,” she said.

Addressing the delegates, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan said “there are many things that are not right in our world. That nations must unite to rectify. Now that the pandemic has forced all nations to pause for a moment, we have at last the opportunity to address global issues on a more level footing than has been possible in the past. Today, we are united in having to find a common foe: COVID-19. Let us remain united to tackle the other issues that need us all on the same side.”


The 14th Congress was postponed by General Assembly decision from its original date in April 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. A ceremony during the opening saw Qatar, the host of the 13th UN Crime Congress in Doha, hand over the presidency of the Congress to Minister Kamikawa.

Two representatives of the Youth Forum held ahead of the Congress also presented their recommendations during the high-level segment.

Discussions will continue until Friday (12 Mar) in the formal proceedings as well as at dozens of special events and ancillary meetings hosted on the hybrid event platform, which will address topics ranging from addressing corruption to tackle wildlife crime and gender dimensions of counter-terrorism, to the impact of COVID-19 in prison settings, addressing children associated with terrorist and violent extremist groups, and youth as agents for change to promote the rule of law.
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