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UNPNI (United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institute)

is an international network which has been established to strengthen the international cooperation in crime prevention and criminal justice at all levels. It is established by the United Nations Secretariat and the Member States, and consists of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and a number of research institutes around the world, as well as interregional or regional centers. And KIC is one of the member institutes since 2004.

Since UNPNI recognizes the importance of international cooperation for crime prevention and criminal justice, UNPNI members work to provide a variety of services, including but not limited to, exchange of information, collection of data, research, training, public education, and workshops. Moreover, UNPNI members participate in the quinquennial UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Crime Justice, as well as the annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). There, UNPNI works together in hosting workshops, leads the sessions with various themes such as cybercrime, corruption, and terrorism, and participates as panelists.

For practical functioning of the network, UNPNI members meet twice a year - once held in connection with the annual session of CCPCJ, and another held as a second coordination meeting. Institutions that have attained international recognition for their work and that have the capacity to fulfil a function related to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme may join the network if certain criteria for membership are satisfied: political support and viability, substantive capabilities, and financial capacities, program accountability and coordination, and elements of periodic review and evaluation.