UNODC supports Kyrgyzstan to improve crime data collection and reporting on SDG implementation

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Within the framework of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019, UNODC is undertaking new initiatives to assist the countries in the region with the production of crime and criminal justice statistics.

In Kyrgyzstan, UNODC has partnered with the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic and a range of other stakeholders to strengthen national capacities to produce, disseminate and use crime data. Following the joint publication of a compilation of crime trends in 2016, in June this year, UNODC and the National Statistics Committee hosted a two-day workshop gathering over 50 specialists from government institutions and civil society working in the field of crime data collection and analysis.

During the workshop, participants were familiarised with international trends and practices in the area of crime data collection, including the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) and the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of the Criminal Justice System (UN-CTS).

According to Koen Marquering, UNODC International Coordinator, one of the key tasks of UNODC is to produce and disseminate accurate statistics on drugs, crime and criminal justice at the international level. “Through this workshop we aim to promote participation of Kyrgyzstan in  international data collection efforts facilitated by UNODC”, Marquering said.

The workshop paid particular attention to reporting requirements for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and addressed the integral role of victimization surveys in crime statistics systems.

Discussions during the workshop focused on specific crime and safety issues, such as gender-based violence and trafficking in persons. “This workshop helps us to implement the 2015-2017 National Action Plan for Achieving Gender Equality in the Kyrgyz Republic”, said Ms. Elmira Alymkulova, Head of Administration at the National Statistical Committee . “Improving collection, analysis and quality of statistical data on gender discrimination and violence is a key priority of this action plan”, she added.

With UNODC support, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic recently established a new interdepartmental working group tasked with developing updated data collection guidelines and templates on gender-based violence and trafficking in persons.

UNODC will continue to support these interventions during the upcoming period with financial support from the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

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For more information, please contact Ms.Vasilina Brazko,

Communication and Public Relations Officer, UNODC/ROCA

                              Tel. +996 775 98 78 17, e-mail: vasilina.brazhko@unodc.org