Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
In the chaotic emptiness of deep space, our tiny blue spaceship called Earth hurtles around a fiery ball of gas at 110,000 kilometers an hour, yet we’ve only ever learned about how small we really are in the past fifty years. Regardless, humans have struggled and fought to establish order in the rough wilderness of our Earth, until we reached our modern, globalised world. Yet with all this advancement, we’ve yet to scratch the surface in understanding the behaviour that millennia of human evolution have led us to. The United Nations was founded following one of the greatest conflicts in human history, the Second World War, and it has only expanded since then, tackling the different issues contested between sovereign states one at a time.
In 1997, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was established by combining the UN’s previous efforts to combat drug abuse and transnational criminal activity. Today, the CCPCJ is one of the decision-making bodies of the UNODC, and it works to fight political corruption, firearm and narcotics smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, and terrorism by creating a forum for communication between all willing entities, not just UN member states. It is only by creating a coherent front against the cooperating forces of international crime, that those very same nations can administer the rule of the law.
However, there are many today that look to organisations like the United Nations and the UNODC and feel there is little they can do. Our philosophy at HIAMUN is that by taking small steps and applying great effort, we prepare ourselves for the future; whether in the UN or elsewhere we build the global community brick by brick. In terms of the CCPCJ, my chair Yasmina Gohar and I have prepared a variety of unique topics that should provide you with a unique perspective on many of the CCPCJ’s fields of specialisation and the current political climate. These topics are the establishment of formal methods to prevent and combat transnational cybercrime, Developing a framework to eradicate the trafficking of organs and the forced trafficking of persons for the purpose of organ removal, and the combatting of state-sponsored terrorism.
On a personal note, and relating to HIAMUN’s theme of Orbits this year, it is important to keep one’s own goals in mind. I believe that one’s own progress is measured through work, the useful application of energy, and that is what Yasmina and I look forward to seeing in the conference; effort, commitment, and focus. After all, the topics we’ve selected are topics we often discuss in person without realising it. By viewing these topics from the different vantage points provided by everyone’s own orbits and perspective, as well as the positions afforded by our own delegations, we will build together constructive resolutions that our future as a race will rise upon.
Yousef Korayem, President of the CCPCJ