The NGO Alliance has the mandate to coordinate NGOs with a focus on crime prevention and criminal justice and facilitate their interaction with the relevant UN bodies and processes. In particular, the Alliance connects NGOs with UNODC and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) by facilitating access, supporting relevant work areas, providing information, surveying, and drawing attention to emerging areas of concern. As a result, the Alliance engages a wide sector of civil society in contributing to the development and implementation of global policies.
The beginning of the UN work in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice started soon after World War II, with the establishment of a social defence section in Geneva. This was an important step in the direction of broader, possibly community-based, crime prevention policies, which was followed with attention by civil society. Four prominent international professional associations, namely the International Society of Social Defence, the International Association of Penal Law, the International Society for Criminology and the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation, channeled most of the academic and civil society engagement in the UN crime prevention and criminal justice programme since its inception.
2021 — Fourteenth UN Crime Congress, Kyoto, Japan
2020 — Formal Memorandum of Understanding with UNODC
2019 — The Alliance was registered as an NGO in Austria
(Verein von Nichtregierungsorganisationen für Verbrechensprävention und Strafrechtspflege)