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Statistics Korea hosts international conference on crime statistics

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Statistics Korea Commissioner Han Hoon, eighth from left in front row, poses with participants at the 6th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics held in Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of Statistics Korea
Statistics Korea Commissioner Han Hoon, eighth from left in front row, poses with participants at the 6th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics held in Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of Statistics Korea

By Yoon Ja-young

Statistics Korea is holding an international conference on crime statistics in Seoul from Wednesday to Friday.

The statistics office is jointly hosting the 6th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics with Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UNODC Centers of Excellence.

It is the biggest international conference on crime statistics, held biennially since 2012. Crime statistics experts from statistics agencies, research institutes, the UN agencies and international NGOs from around 40 countries have been participating in the event.

At the Seoul conference, the participants will be sharing global trends across various topics such as the role of statistics agencies in crime statistics, policy decision in the establishment of crime statistics by crime type, such as violence and gender violence.

They will also have discussions on tasks such as statistically measuring drug smuggling, human trafficking and corruption, as well as how to measure transnational or organized cybercrimes such as those related with ransomware and cryptocurrencies.

Statistics Korea Commissioner Han Hoon gives an opening speech at the 6th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics held in Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of Statistics Korea
Statistics Korea Commissioner Han Hoon gives an opening speech at the 6th International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics held in Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of Statistics Korea

In the opening speech, Statistics Korea Commissioner Han Hoon emphasized the significance of the conference as a venue for knowledge sharing and discussion to produce high quality data.

"In the era of COVID-19, crime is taking on new forms such as online crime. To collect and analyze data that is essential for measuring and predicting such new forms of crime, international cooperation should be stronger than ever," he said.

He said that Statistics Korea would develop its version of crime classification based on the International Classification of Crimes for Statistical Purposes developed by the UNODC, for consistency and compatibility with the international data, on top of strengthening cooperation with parties overseas.

Jean-Luc Lemahieu, director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) at the UNODC, also stressed that the international conference is an opportunity to share and discuss different cases of countries developing national statistics systems on crimes and thereby setting up policies as well as collecting and analyzing data.

The conference, held both online and offline, comprises 16 sessions that include presentations and discussions on a range of topics.


Yoon Ja-young yjy@koreatimes.co.kr


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