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UNICRI Board of Trustees Report to the Economic and Social Council - 2023


Note by the Secretary-General

The report of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) was prepared pursuant to article IV, paragraph 3 (e), of the Statute of UNICRI and approved by a decision of the Board taken at its meeting held on 17–19 October 2023, for submission to the Economic and Social Council, through the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.


The Institute is an autonomous institution of the United Nations and is governed by its Board of Trustees, which provides strategic direction and contributes to the setting of priorities.

Within the broad scope of its mandate to develop and implement improved policies in the field of crime prevention and control, the mission of UNICRI is to advance justice and the rule of law in support of peace and sustainable development.

UNICRI works in specialized niches and selected areas related to crime prevention, criminal justice, security governance, counter-terrorism and the risks and benefits of technological advances. The Institute contributes to United Nations policy and operations through its specialized, cutting-edge and action-oriented research, training and capacity-building programmes. Within the scope of its mandate, the Institute serves as a conduit for channelling innovative ideas from within and outside the United Nations system.

The present report of the Board of Trustees contains a summary of the work carried out by UNICRI in 2023 in line with the UNICRI Strategic Programme Framework for 2023–2026.

Strategic Programme Framework for 2023–2026

Through its action-oriented research, needs assessments and analyses of evolving trends, as well as engagement and consultations with Member States, United Nations entities and international organizations, academic and government institutions, subject matter experts, non-governmental organizations, programme partners and beneficiaries of UNICRI projects and research, UNICRI identified the following interrelated transnational crime and justice threats and challenges in its Strategic Programme Framework for the period 2023–2026

  1. Rising insecurity and terrorism;
  2. Reach of organized crime;
  3. Role of new and emerging technologies;
  4. Human rights abuses and exploitation.

The five strategic priorities are as follows:

(a) Preventing and countering transnational security threats, terrorism and points of nexus;

(b) Countering criminal enterprises, illicit financial flows and corrupt practices;

(c) Promoting the responsible use of new and emerging technologies to address crime and exploitation;

(d) Preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization; (e) Promoting the rule of law and safeguarding access to justice.

(e) Promoting the rule of law and safeguarding access to justice.

As with its predecessor, the strategic priorities in the Strategic Programme Framework for the period 2023–2026 are aligned with Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are linked to several other Goals, most notably, Goals 2 to 6, 8, 9, 11, 14 and 15. 


Results achieved by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in 2003

Report to Ecosoc 2023, Arabic

Report to Ecococ 2023, Chinese

Report to Ecosoc 2023, English

Report to Ecosoc 2023, French

Report to Ecosoc 2023, Russian

Report to Ecosoc 2023, Spanish


ECOSOC Resolution on UNICRI's Work

On 7 June 2023, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) passed a resolution that acknowledges the role of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Institute (UNICRI) as a valuable component of the UN system and contributor to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
The resolution encourages UNICRI to continue its efforts to advance evidence-based and data-centric approaches to address the global challenges of transnational organized crime in its many evolving dimensions and to promote the rule of law. 
The milestone resolution was tabled by the Vice President of ECOSOC and Chair of the Management Segment, H.E. Ambassador Paula Narváez Ojeda, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, and facilitated by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations.  It is the first such resolution from an institutional level on the work of UNICRI since UNICRI was established in 1968.

Previous Reports


Report of activities 2022

Report to Ecosoc 2022, Arabic

Report to Ecococ 2022, Chinese

Report to Ecosoc 2022, English

Report to Ecosoc 2022, French

Report to Ecosoc 2022, Russian

Report to Ecosoc 2022, Spanish


Report of activities 2021


Report of activities 2020

Report to Ecosoc 2020, Arabic



Report to Ecosoc 2020, Chinese



Report to Ecosoc 2020, English



Report to Ecosoc 2020, French



Report to Ecosoc 2020, Russian



Report to Ecosoc 2020, Spanish




Report of activities 2019



Report of activities 2018
Report of activities 2017


Report of activities 2016


Report of activities 2015