Statement on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission


Statement on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Statement by H. E. Ambassador G√ľnther A. Granser

Permanent Observer to UN and IAEA
at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
(Reconvened nineteenth session)

Vienna, 3 December 2010

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Chairperson, Executive Director, Distinguished Delegates,

Let me congratulate you for your balance, professionalism and sensibility will certainly guide us throughout the deliberations of this session.

The Sovereign Order of Malta supports the commitment to pursue anti-crime efforts through multilateral engagement calls for an era of international cooperation that strengthens old partnerships and build new ones to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century. Building such cooperation is critical to the international anti-crime efforts.

As part of this dialogue among nations, the Commission affords an important opportunity for Member States to undertake a periodic review or stocktaking of achievements and shortcomings in the efforts to address challenges of combating transnational crime. Looking back over the past several years, the highest priority for the anti-crime work has been to begin the process of implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols as well as the Convention against Corruption.

The Order underscores that the work of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the work of its related treaty bodies need to complement and reinforce each other in order to have maximum impact and effectiveness. The Commission serves the useful purpose of regularly bringing Member States together to discuss pressing issues and generate ideas for future cooperation.

We should continue to build on the success of the Commission achieved in engaging its membership in regular dialogue through the Working Group on Finance and Governance. The Working Group is a standing vehicle to promote frequent consultations between UNODC and all Member States.

To this end it seems to be important for the Working Group to engage in a continuing interactive dialogue.

Chairperson, looking forward, we must also recognize the serious financial crisis facing all of us today. UNODC is already looking at ways to streamline internal operations, while at the same time maintain its effectiveness as an assistance provider. Donors might examine what they can do to alleviate the financial strain.

Thank you for your attention