What we do


  • Takes a leading role in ensuring and protecting the participation of civil society in multilateral discussions on crime and justice issues.
  • Is one of three Vienna-based umbrella organizations coordinating civil society’ s engagement with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), its governing and treaty bodies, and the diplomatic community.
  • Guides and coordinates civil society to facilitate constructive and effective engagement with UN processes on crime prevention and criminal justice.


The UNODC and its governing and treaty bodies are a core focus of engagement for crime and justice-focused civil society organizations. Therefore, the Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNODC to guide our engagement with the UNODC and its governing and treaty bodies. We focus our efforts on the following conferences and processes:

  • UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), held annually in May in Vienna and intersessional meetings;
  • UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (The Crime Congress), held every five years in a different host country;
  • The Conference of Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) held every two years in Vienna, and its subsidiary bodies including the Constructive Dialogues and UNODC’s program for stakeholder engagement in UNTOC;
  • UN negotiations on cybercrime, currently the ’Ad Hoc Committee’;
  • Other relevant fora outside Vienna, including the UN General Assembly, the High Level Political Forum, the Human Rights Council, the Commission on the Status of Women.

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  • During the relevant conferences, the Alliance carries out a wide range of engagement activities including delivering group statements on behalf of civil society, coordinating individual civil society statements and panelists, holding side events and exhibitions, and hosting civil society dialogues with key stakeholders including UN officials and diplomats;
  • The Alliance holds regular informal meetings of all members where members share information and updates on key thematic and substantive issues, with a focus on multilateral engagement opportunities. challenges and activities;
  • Working groups of the Alliance focus on specific themes, for members to have more detailed exchanges and develop collaborative engagements;
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place every year, usually in the margins of the CCPCJ, and is the forum where key decisions are made, including elections to the Board.