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What is the Center of Excellence?

The Center of Excellence for Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice (CdE) was created in 2010 with the purpose of initiating technical cooperation activities between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI). Its main objective is to strengthen statistical, analytical and monitoring capacities in the fields of government, victimization, public security and justice.

What activities does the Center carry out?

· The Centre provides technical assistance to countries in the region to improve the quality and quantity of crime statistics, public security, corruption, government and justice through surveys and administrative records.

· Organizes on-line and on-site training activities.

· Promotes international methodological standards.

· Development of research projects.

· Develops new methodologies and tools for analyzing and measuring phenomena related to conventional and emerging crime (organized crime), public safety, victimization, justice and government.

· Contributes to the development and implementation of the International Crime Classification for statistical purposes (ICCS).

· It actively promotes the development and improvement of institutional capacities regarding Victimization Surveys (VS) in Latin America.

Which institutions support the activities of the Center of Excellence?


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was established to address the interrelated aspects of drug control, crime prevention and international terrorism in the context of sustainable development and human security. Established in 1997, UNODC is funded primarily through voluntary contributions, especially governmental contributions.

Its primary function is to promote the ratification and implementation of international treaties, legislative and institutional reforms and to carry out technical cooperation projects to monitor, prevent and counteract production, illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse as well as organized crime.


The National Institute of Statistics and Geography is the body of the Mexican State which, with constitutional autonomy, is responsible for generating statistical information on demographic phenomena, social, economic, environmental, government, public safety, victimization and justice, as well as its relation with the national territory.

INEGI regulates and coordinates the National Statistical and Geographic Information System, the type of information it produces and makes available to the State and society, contributes to the development of the country, as it enables the authorities and representatives of the various sectors to have a better knowledge of the reality in which to base their decisions on, as well as to evaluate the results of their performance and public policies.

INEGI serves as a fundamental input for academic research that contributes to the understanding of our environment.

Who are the partners and beneficiaries of the Center?

The activities of the Center of Excellence are focused on supporting the institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean; however, the scope of its activities is global.

Our main beneficiaries are organizations focused on the production and analysis of statistics, whether academic centers, non-governmental organizations, national statistical offices or authorities that are part of the criminal justice system.


International Statistical Framework for the Work of the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence

The work of the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence is framed by the Roadmap for the Improvement of Crime Statistics at National and International Levels, endorsed by the United Nations Statistics Commission (UNSC) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in 2013.

This report contains a roadmap for improving the quality and availability of crime statistics at the national and international levels. It proposes that National Statistical Offices (NSOs) around the world should actively and centrally engage in the generation of statistics on public security, government, victimization, and justice.

The report highlights activities such as:

  • Coordinating relevant actors in the production of statistical information
  • The need for clear statistical definitions of crimes and criminal justice processes
  • Developing manuals to guide the collection and analysis of statistics that meet the information needs of gender-sensitive public policy processes

The UNODC and INEGI have presented reports to the UNSC on the implementation of the activities of this Roadmap, through its updates in 2015, 2019, and 2022.


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