The UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network of Institutes (the PNI) was established by the Secretariat of the United Nations, in cooperation with the Member States, in recognition of the importance of regional and interregional cooperation, and in response to various legislative mandates. Since the creation of the oldest institute in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan, the network has grown in number. The PNI presently consists of 18 institutions, including the UNODC, interregional and regional institutes, as well as specialized centres around the world.
The mission of the PNI is to assist the international community in strengthening cooperation in the crucial area of crime prevention and criminal justice on the global, regional and sub-regional level, by providing services, including exchange of informaion, research, training and specialized education.
The PNI contributes to the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, inter alia, through
responding to the requests of governments for technical assistance,
cooperation with the UNODC on data collection and analysis, and the development of tools and training materials,
contributions to the annual sessions of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, especially in organizing a workshop on the substantive theme of the session, and
support to the UNODC in preparing workshop background papers, expert contributions and organizing the official workshops at the quinquennial Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Presently the overall coordination of the PNI lies with HEUNI.