Minister of Justice attends 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

(en.moj.gov.cn)| Updated: 2021-03-16

Minister of Justice Tang Yijun led the Chinese delegation to attend the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was held from March 7 to 12 in Kyoto, Japan, via video link.

Tang attended the opening ceremony, and delivered a speech in the high-level session.


Minister of Justice Tang Yijun delivers a speech at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]

Themed on "Advancing crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law: towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda", the congress discussed such topics as comprehensive crime prevention strategies, responses to challenges in criminal justice, promoting the rule of law, international cooperation and technical aid. The Kyoto Declaration was also adopted at the congress.

In his speech, Tang stressed that the Chinese government has always attached great importance to the promotion of the rule of law, and, in the process of accelerating the development of overall law-based governance, deepened China’s trial-centered criminal proceeding reform, strengthened its law enforcement supervision, deepened the building of its public legal service system, and actively carried out international cooperation on criminal justice.

Acknowledging the active roles of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in crime prevention and criminal justice, Tang said that the Kyoto Declaration will serve as a guideline for international cooperation, and that China will continue its support for the UN in this area.

He also promised that China is willing to join hands with the international community to improve the international network for dealing with crimes, enhance the capability for supporting criminal justice, and crack down on cross-border organized criminal activities.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Ghada Waly and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga all delivered speeches at the opening. Nearly 100 ministerial-level representatives from around the world spoke at the high-level session.

Convened every five years, the congress is the most influential global gathering in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.