The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice are held every five years since first taking place in 1955. Its objective is to gather policymakers, legislators, practitioners, international organizations, civil society, and academia to explore ways and means to enhance the international community’s responses to crime. More information on the Crime Congress can be found here:

The Government of Japan will host the 14th Congress in the historic city of Kyoto from 20-27 April 2020. The Congress is structured around plenary discussions, workshops and ancillary meetings that will enable the participants to discuss matters related to crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Prior to the 14th Crime Congress, the Government of Japan will organize a Youth Forum, also in Kyoto, from 13 to 15 April 2020. This Youth Forum, which builds on the experience of the Government of Qatar prior to the 13th Crime Congress, will gather youth representatives and young people from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues, in topics of crime prevention, criminal justice and overall rule of law-related matters. More information on the Youth Forum can be found here:

To support the Youth Forum, UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative partnered with the Government of Japan and MUN Impact ( to bring youth and young people to the Forum.

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels. These activities help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard. E4J’s main objective is fostering positive change,  empowering today’s youth to become the next generation of leaders while promoting trust and respect for the rule of law globally thus working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the ways in which youth can learn about and become engaged with the UN’s mandates is through Model United Nations (MUN). For this reason E4J and MUN Impact are looking for youth currently or previously active on MUN (aged 15-29 at the time of the Congress Youth Forum) willing to embark on an educational journey and fly to Kyoto to participate in the Youth Forum.

Does this sound interesting?

Do you want to put yourself to the challenge and join a group of new champions of the rule of law?

Then fill in the following application form by 4 FEBRUARY 2020!

Selected applicants will receive financial sponsorship to cover all expenses related to the travel to Kyoto, Japan, according to the UN financial rules and regulations. Note that participants must be able to communicate in English, which is the working language of the Youth Forum.








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