2019 Spring Co-ordination Meeting
of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network 
Vienna, Austria

21 May 2019


The meeting was opened by Mr Mikael Johansson (RWI) on behalf of Mr John Brandolino (UNODC) who had excused himself for the first 10 minutes of the meeting due to a conflicting engagement. Mr Johansson, who also chaired the meeting welcomed the participants and then handed over to Mr Matti Joutsen (TIJ) and Mr Gary Hill (ISPAC) in order for them to hold a eulogy over Mr Dimitri Vlassis (UNODC), an old friend of the PNI, who tragically passed away in April after a long period of illness.


The annual PNI workshop, is aligned with the topic for thematic discussion at the respective session of the CCPCJ and precedes the thematic discussion. This year’s theme was 
The responsibility of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems in preventing and countering crime motivated by intolerance or discrimination of any kind. 
The workshop, successfully organized by ICPC, focused on hate crimes. The objective was to provide the most current information on preventing and countering hate crimes and to discuss on good practices and innovative approaches for digital-age criminal justice systems. The workshop also focused on the specific prevention of hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.