The 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto Congress) was held as hybrid congress at the Kyoto International Conference Center from March 7 – 12, 2021. It was the first large-scale international conference in Japan since the COVID-19 outbreak. Approximately 5,600 people from more than 150 countries, including ministerial delegates and UN staff attended (both onsite and online).

Participants from overseas were asked to undergo a PCR test in advance and to strictly restrict their behavior during their stay in Kyoto. Attendees wore FFP2-certified high-performance masks. A special clinic for PCR tests was set up in the venue, and doctors and nurses were stationed there.  When entering the venue, we used the thermography and followed the physical distancing rule (2 meters) between people.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Prime Minister attended the Opening Ceremony and made a speech to welcome attendees. The Congress shall be the new normal standard in the international governmental meetings. We are so proud of our successful experience in this challenging time and will contribute to the revival of the Meetings Industry in Japan during and after COVID-19 as a pioneering company.

About the Kyoto Congress

The 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Kyoto Congress, is the largest international conference of the United Nations held once every five years. Starting with the first in 1955, it has been held by the United Nations around the world.