October 16, 2017 - Launching of the 2017 United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (UN-CTS 2017)
The 2017 United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (UN-CTS 2017), covering the year 2016, has been launched by the Secretariat of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Following a comprehensive round of consultation among UN-CTS Focal Points, Permanent Missions and relevant regional and international organizations, including the Organization of American States (OAS), the UN-CTS was reviewed to bring it in line with the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) and to enable countries to report data for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. The result is the new UN-CTS 2017 data collection Survey.
Blank copies of the UN-CTS 2017 questionnaire as well as an information document that specifies
the tasks of UN-CTS Focal Points are accessible at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-
analysis/statistics/crime/cts-data-collection.html. Updated data with the results of previous UN-CTS data collections are available at: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/crime-and-criminal-justice.html.
Member States have been invited to return the completed UN-CTS questionnaires (Data and Metadata files) to the UNODC by November 30, 2017.
The Secretariat for Multidimensional (SMS) of the OAS, as the Focal Point of the UNODC to coordinate the UN-CTS process in the Hemisphere, is working in cooperation with UNODC and OAS Member States to strengthen the use of the UN-CTS Survey in the Americas, in support of Member States efforts to continue improving crime and criminal justice systems’ data collection and analysis.
November 9, 2016 - Latin America and the Caribbean in action to reduce homicides
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's Global Study on Homicide, of the 437,000 people who lost their lives to intentional homicide across the world in 2012, 36 per cent were concentrated in the Americas, 31 per cent in Africa, and 28 per cent in Asia. Europe and Oceania had the lowest homicide rates, concentrating 5 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively, of the total of homicide victims. Moreover, Central America's average rate is four times higher than the average global homicide rate (6.2 per 100,000 inhabitants).
The main purpose of the "Latin America and the Caribbean in action to reduce homicides" event is to move beyond assessments. The OAS' Department of Public Security through its Inter-American Network for the Prevention of Violence and Crime seeks to identify and systematize the concrete actions that OAS Member States are taking to reduce homicides in an effective, efficient, and sustainable manner. This identification is necessary to then analyze contents, processes, and results of implemented policies, disseminate successful experiences, and learn from those that did not work.
Through this event, the Inter-American Network for the Prevention of Violence and Crime will be honored by the presence of Dr. Ignacio Cano, founder and coordinator of the Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence (LAV) of the Rio de Janeiro State University, for a one-time presentation of the report: "Mapping of Homicide Prevention Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean" in Washington, DC. This research was carried out in collaboration with the Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública and the generous funding provided by Open Society Foundations.
Following Dr. Cano's presentation, three high-level experts from the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and Igarapé Institute, respectively will provide insightful comments. Each one of them will bring different perspectives into the debate, as a result of the heterogeneity of their lines of research and the diversity of their professional experiences.
The "Latin America and the Caribbean in action to reduce homicides" event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the OAS' Hall of the Americas from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. We look forward to your participation.
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September 19, 2016 - 3rd International Conference on Governance Statistics, Security and Justice
June 7-10, 2016
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
The Conference was organized by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Center of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Public Security, Victimization and Justice).
Additionally, it was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Mexico, the State Government of Yucatan, the Organization of American States, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank.
During the four days of the conference, sessions were held on the following topics, among others:
- Methodologies to measure government and criminal justice systems performances, corruption, hard to measure offenses, rape and sexual assault, and human trafficking
- Working with drug-related indicators and metrics
- How to measure crime prevention policies based on evidence
- The latest developments in the field of victimization surveys in the region
- The use of police administrative records, and crime, victimization and, justice statistics in the development of local policies and metrics to guide and monitor local efforts in violence prevention
- The importance of geography to understand crime
- The quality and comparability of homicide statistics
- Institutional capacities to monitor Objective 16 and implement the International Classification of Crimes for statistical purposes.
In addition to the meetings, four keynote presentations were also organized.
All presentations can be accessed at the following link: http://www.gsj.inegi.org.mx/presentaciones/presentaciones7junio.html
Information on the speakers can be accessed at the following link: http://www.gsj.inegi.org.mx/ponentes.html
October 27, 2015 - Regional Conference on Homicide Data Quality
The Department of Public Security of the OAS participated in the “Regional Conference on Homicide Data Quality”, held in Bogotá, Colombia between September 7th and 9th, 2015.
The initiative was launched by the Ministry of Justice and Law of the Republic of Colombia, the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia, and Open Society Foundations, with the technical support of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and the Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (LAV-UERJ).
The key objective of the Regional Conference was to draft and validate a protocol on homicide data quality to which agencies that produce such data from the various countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to adhere to. The protocol will work as a parameter and incentive for countries to strengthen the quality of such information.
Members of agencies that produce homicide data in Latin America and the Caribbean, and members of civil society and academia from 12 countries of the region participated in the event. Each country participating had representatives of public institutions from health and criminal justice agencies. Representatives from international organizations and multilateral agencies engaged in efforts to improve data and reduce violence were also present in the event.
The OAS’ Department of Public Security participated in the event as part of a broader, comprehensive strategy geared towards prevention and reduction of homicides in the Americas. In fact, as part of this strategy, the issue was included in the Fifth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA-V), to be held in Lima, Peru on November 19th and 20th, 2015.
For more information on the Conference on Data Quality Homicide link.
For more information on MISPA-V http://www.mispav.gob.pe/
October 20, 2015 - REGIONAL WORKSHOP
Working towards the improvement of statistics on crime and citizen security
On September 3rd and 4th, 2015 the workshop "Working towards the improvement of crime and citizen security statistics" was held in Lima, Peru, organized by the Peruvian National Institute of Statistics and Information Technology (INEI, by its Spanish acronym). For the organization of the event INEI received the financial support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).
The main objective of the workshop was to start a discussion about the quality of Peru's crime and citizen security statistics by taking into consideration existing national and regional experiences. Accordingly, the workshop aimed at providing a plural and participative space to foster an interchange of experiences and best practices regarding data gathering and processing and the production and dissemination of public security information.
A diverse group of specialists, Peruvian civil servants, civil society and international organizations' representatives participated in the event. Among the international organizations, representatives from the IADB, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Centre of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice, and the Organization of American States (OAS) contributed with their expertise and experience. In addition, national statistic institutions from other countries in the region, including Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil, were also present in the workshop.
The event strengthened Peruvian public institutions' commitment to the development SIESC. A special roadmap will guide authorities, in the short and medium term, in the construction of a system with the capacity to provide high-quality information for drafting, monitoring and evaluating public security policies.
The OAS, through its Department of Public Security contributed to the workshop with a presentation on "Crime and Citizen Security Statistics", based on the data reported by Peru through United Nations' Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (UN-CTS).
The OAS congratulates and celebrates this initiative launched by the Peruvian Government and particularly acknowledges the coordinating efforts made by the INEI to bring together all the different institutional parts and pieces that will constitute SIESC. The Department of Public Security of the OAS takes this opportunity to reaffirm its institutional and technical support to the Peruvian Government in the process of creating and disseminating reliable data, statistics and information on crime and security.