Improving prison conditions

Call for Speakers: Civil society participation in CCPCJ thematic discussions in December (Deadline for applications is 26 October 2022 at 23:45 CET Vienna time).

Dear NGO Representatives,

The UNODC Civil Society Unit, in cooperation with the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Alliance) is pleased to inform NGOs about the upcoming thematic discussions of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) which will take place on 5-7 December 2022 in Vienna, and invites relevant NGOs to express interest to participate as speakers.

The thematic discussions which will be on Pillar II of the Kyoto Declaration (Advancing the criminal justice system) will be held in Vienna in a hybrid format and will cover the following topics:

The meeting will cover the following topics:

  • 5 December: Safeguarding victim’s rights and protecting witnesses and reporting persons; Improving criminal investigation processes;
  • 6 December: Improving prison conditions; Reducing reoffending through rehabilitation and reintegration;
  • 7 December: Mainstreaming a gender perspective into criminal justice systems; Addressing the vulnerabilities of children and youth in contact with the criminal justice system.

Please see here the Secretariat’s note to understand better the context and how your work might be related to the topics.

For each day, up to 5 NGOs will have the possibility to present their work and positioning as panelists (1 per panel – 3 in total) and speakers (up to 4 per segment – 12 in total). In order to ensure an inclusive and meaningful civil society participation, NGO interventions will be coordinated by the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (The Alliance) in co-operation with the UNODC Civil Society Unit.

Each speaker will have 2-5 minutes to present their work on the thematic focus of the day.

Note: There will be no interpretation during the meetings and all abstracts and statements need to be submitted in English.

To apply for a speaking slot please fill out this online form:

Deadline for applications is 26 October 2022 at 23:45 CET (Vienna time).

When submitting your application please make sure that your abstract is relevant to the topic of the event, and clearly describes what you will be presenting about. Statements focusing on good practice examples and/or showcasing experiences ‘from the ground’ are especially welcome.

Please share this call with your respective partners and networks to ensure wider participation.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.


Kind regards,

The UNODC Civil Society Unit

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Vienna, Austria

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