Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic, John Sellar and Nicholas P Lovrich, Policing for Sustainable Development Goals (Scholars’ Press, 2019).

Summary

The main aim of this short collection, co-authored by Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic, John Sellar and Nicholas P Lovrich, is to draw attention to some aspects of the challenges policing faces as part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass poverty and hunger reduction; improvements in health, education and gender equality; environmental protection, and affordable and sustainable energy; economic growth and employment; reduction of inequality; and mitigating climate change. Goal 16 (‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’) highlights the prevention and control of various manifestations of crime as a significant developmental goal.

About the Authors
Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekić is a former Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations Office in Geneva (2009-2013); the former President of the General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as well as the Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Until 1999 he was a Deputy Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) based in Italy. From 1999 to 2004 he headed the anti-crime programme of the United Nations regional office for Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa. Until his retirement from the United Nations in September 2009, he was in charge of the Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. He has published extensively on crime and development, and reform of the criminal justice system from the perspective of human rights and international standards. He has taught in many academic institutions worldwide.

John M. Stellar is a Senior Advisor to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights. He was engaged in law enforcement for almost four decades, initially in the Scottish Police Service and then the United Nations. As a Detective, he investigated murders and other serious crime but also dealt with human rights abuse in Scotland’s maximum security prison. Before transferring to the UN, he was Officer-in-Charge of a police area where royal security and anti-terrorism matters featured significantly. In 1997, John moved to Switzerland, handling anti-smuggling, fraud and organized crime issues for the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), ultimately becoming Chief of Enforcement. During 14 years with CITES he conducted 234 missions to 66 countries, assessing enforcement in the field and designing strategies to tackle wildlife trafficking.

Nicholas P. Lovrich served as the Director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at Washington State University from 1977 to 2010, and retired to Emeritus status in 2011. He holds the rank of Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs and the honor of being a Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professorship in Political Science at Washington State University. He has served as a Senior Scholar in Residence in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, as an affiliate graduate faculty member of the School of Public Policy in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, and is currently an affiliate researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.