Creating New Opportunities for Engagement at the 27th Crime Commission

Mar 22, 2018


  1. More Information about the Strategy Sprints During the 17th CCPCJ
    Here is more info about SOLVE2018: https://www.CPCJAlliance.org/events/solve2018.
  2. Register for SOLVE2018
    DO participate yourself and/or conduct a sprint on your specific interest as part of SOLVE2018 and use the platform we are providing. To participate and find out first hand how this works, sign up here: https://www.CPCJAlliance.org/events/register
  3. Facilitate Another Strategy Sprint?
    If you do want to add a focal area to SOLVE, email me so we can work on logistics.
  4. Be a Sponsor
    If your organization wants to sponsor SOLVE2018 and be acknowledged as such, please make a contribution by filling out the sponsors form: http://bit.ly/2GOV5Nt

This years’ Crime Commission is now less than two months away.

I suspect you are already preparing and have sent in your application for rooms. If not, you have a couple of days left. Here is a link to the form: http://bit.ly/2HOI1XF

This year, to upgrade the services the ALLIANCE offers its member, and to bring a little new activity into the margins of the 27th CCPCJ, a small team of young lawyers and myself are going to host #SOLVE2018.

SOLVE2018 is intended to give interested experts, diplomats, activists, and even UNODC staff, the opportunity to work together using the concept of a strategy sprint to develop strategy recommendations in one of three areas. It is also an effort to strengthen the involvement of those in tech awareness in this arena, especially given the digital nature of our direction forward.

3 Focus Areas

The three areas of focus are: cyber crime, countering violent extremism, and preventing wildlife trafficking. So if you are already working in any one of these areas, OR if one of these areas are of interest to you or someone in your organization, please consider signing up to participate.

The work of the strategy sprint teams (we call metanets, more on those on the website) will be scheduled by those in the team. All participants will however, need to be available the Sunday afternoon prior to the CCPCJ to get their UN passes and to participate in the orientation, meeting with their facilitator, and forming teams.

We will have a room available somewhere in the VIC for the teams to work in throughout the week, at times that work for them. That is, each team will set its own schedule since each one has various responsibilities. BUT participants will need to commit to wrestling with the chosen topic, refining your teams focus within that area, and developing outcomes.

We will provide a recommended structure to help this happen as quickly as possible. It is a sprint—just 5 days of focus—and the framework we provide will make your time in Vienna even more meaningful and productive.

Not for Everyone, but…

SOLVE2018 will not be for everyone, but this is an innovative approach to multisectoral engagement and strategy development. It is a way that civil society, and the experienced NGOs can lead a new process and show what can get done when small teams of focused, knowledgeable, engaged people are determined to show there are things that can be done.

SOLVE2018 is a platform for action that can upgrade the output of the 27th CCPCJ. We can initiate this kind of work that goes beyond simple inter-national efforts and work on genuinely transnational solutions to the biggest sticking point of Member States: they can’t get past their national interests.

I got fired up to work on this “problem” of how civil society must and can help the UN upgrade and do better even though we are mostly symbolically invited in. If I were to point at a moment, it was during the meeting with the US Mission during the 25th CCPCJ. By the end of the year I had written the book United Nations Unlocked. There’s more to the story, but this is to say that behind SOLVE2018, there is considerable thought, research, and integration of the thinking and experience of many. It also utilizes some of what has helped move the tech quadrant forward. But of course, all that is tailored to the unique UNODC environment.

An Innovative Partnership Platform

The main point of this is: Civil society—we can initiate and lead a new process that is multi-sectoral and strategic in light of shrinking UN budgets and the reality of continuously shifting transnational forces. As technology continuing to drive changes in the way we do business and the way we live our lives, waiting for an invitation to work harder within an aging 20th Century system is not change leadership. We can start with small strategic changes that will in time accumulate and shift the trajectory of how civil society, academia, the institutes, the private sector, and all the civic organizations—domestic and international—all work together.

Each Focal Point could lead a strategy sprint of your own on your own topics in the course of the 27th CCPCJ. I figured this year it would be experimental and with just a few, will be able to assess the value of this effort. We can do more next year if SOLVE become an exciting and productive way to work. Further, if after we tweak and improve and expand the idea during 2018, we can collectively do much more during the 2020 Crime Congress.


  1. More Information about the Strategy Sprints During the 17th CCPCJ
    Here is more info about SOLVE2018: https://www.CPCJAlliance.org/events/solve2018.
  2. Register for SOLVE2018
    DO participate yourself and/or conduct a sprint on your specific interest as part of SOLVE2018 and use the platform we are providing. To participate and find out first hand how this works, sign up here: https://www.CPCJAlliance.org/events/register
  3. Facilitate Another Strategy Sprint?
    If you do want to add a focal area to SOLVE, email me so we can work on logistics.
  4. Be a Sponsor
    If your organization wants to sponsor SOLVE2018 and be acknowledged as such, please make a contribution by filling out the sponsors form: http://bit.ly/2GOV5Nt
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