Mr. Yukihiro Takeya, Deputy-Secretary-General participated in the African Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice from 9-11 April 2019 in Addis Ababa. The Regional Preparatory Meetings for the Congress currently underway are in line with the position of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Lessons Learned from United Nations Congress, which in its meeting held in Bangkok from 15 to 18 August 2006 discussed the importance of incorporating regional concerns and perspectives into the preparation of the Congress. The Group highlighted the importance of Regional Preparatory Meetings as a key preparatory tool, helping the global community capture the specific concerns of different regions, notwithstanding the transboundary nature of criminal behaviour. AALCO was suggested to co-ordinate with UNODC secretariat and the Host Country before submission of application for the side-event and its preparation. The possible outcome of the Kyoto Crime Congress would be negotiated in the CCPCJ scheduled in May 2019 based on the adopted reports. The meeting witnessed enthusiastic participation from Africa, the details of which including the reports are expected to be uploaded soon.