The 6th Conference on Governance, Security and Justice Statistics: A Latent Commitment to Improve Statistics

From November 9 to 11, the Sixth Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics was held in Seoul, Korea. It was co-organized by UNODC, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Korean National Statistical Office (KOSTAT), and the UNODC-INEGI and UNODC-KOSTAT Centers of Excellence.

This Conference aimed to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices among different stakeholders, mainly among statistical information producers, researchers and decision makers in the field of governance, security and justice.

The opening session featured remarks by Hoon Han, Commissioner of KOSTAT; Graciela Márquez Colin, President of INEGI; and Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs of UNODC. They highlighted the importance of the event in helping countries and their institutions, as well as organizations and academia, to exchange knowledge for the advancement of crime and justice statistics.

The conference brought together speakers from all continents of the world in person and online. More than 60 experts presented topics related to the role of National Statistical Offices in the generation of information on the themes of the Conference; information on the prison system; geospatial information systems for the analysis of crime and drugs; the use of data in decision-making by law enforcement institutions; the measurement of corruption and cybercrime, among others. Representatives from National Statistical Offices, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations System participated in 16 sessions.

The closing remarks were delivered by Yeonok Choi, from KOSTAT; Adrian Franco from INEGI and Angela Me from UNODC. They stated that the next steps should focus on closing data gaps related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the importance of the conference for the improvement of the statistical systems of the countries and pointed out that the next edition would be held in Mexico.


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