NIJ International Center: Working With the United Nations

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NIJ works with the United Nations on a variety of efforts, including:

The U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, within the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, is an expert advisory council that develops, monitors, coordinates and reviews the implementation of the U.N. Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice program activities.

The U.N. Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network

The National Institute of Justice is a U.N. Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institute, assisting the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice by:

  • Sharing research and data on crime and justice issues.
  • Providing programmatic and technical assistance to other participating countries.

Recently, the International Center helped Chile to develop a national DNA database and conducted a transferability assessment of a Scandinavian approach preventing access to Internet child pornography.

NIJ's participation is a primary means of influence on the criminal justice policies of the U.N. The Director of NIJ's International Center serves as the criminal justice advisor to the U.S. State Department's annual delegation to the Commission.

The International Center renewed NIJ's Memorandum of Understanding with the U.N. in 2009. The International Center maintains NIJ's Programme Network Institute status, and attends meetings, which occur biannually in the spring and fall.

The U.N. Crime Congress

The International Center also participates in the U.N. Crime Congress, a meeting similar to those of the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, but much wider in scope and attendance. The Crime Congress meets every five years in different cities around the world and helps set the agenda for future Commission meetings. The 2010 Congress was held in Salvador, Brazil.

The U.N. Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems

To overcome differences in countries' legal and statistical recording systems, the U.N. develops international standards and recommendations for crime statistics collection and dissemination. In collaboration with the U.S. State Department, the International Center participates in the U.N. Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, which compiles criminal justice statistics from U.N. member states. NIJ integrated the crime trends surveys into common SPSS formats, enabling the first ever longitudinal analysis of international crime trend data.

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2010