Press Release: 26 July 2019

The Office of the Prosecutor issues its Strategic Plan for 2019-2021

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The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "The Court") is pleased to publish its Strategic Plan for 2019-2021, following consultations, including with States Parties and civil society.

The Office has been closely assessing and taking stock of its performance, including internal and external factors that act as either drivers or inhibitors of that performance.  With the new Strategic Plan, the Office will build on the strengths of the previous Strategic Plan (2016-2018), by continuing with investigative and prosecutorial approaches that have produced results in court, making amendments on the basis of lessons learnt, where required. 

"This Strategic Plan charts a promising and forward looking course for the Office in the next strategic period, and represents our ongoing commitment to the effective and efficient discharge of our mandate under the Rome Statute and to continuous improvement", said Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

The new Strategic Plan also takes into consideration, and actively aims to address, existing and anticipated challenges for the work of the Office. It is organised around six strategic goals:

  • Strategic Goal 1: to achieve a high rate of success in court;
  • Strategic Goal 2: to increase the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions;
  • Strategic Goal 3: to develop with States enhanced strategies and methodologies to increase the arrest rate of persons subject to outstanding ICC arrest warrants;
  • Strategic Goal 4: to refine and reinforce its approach to victims, in particular for victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes and crimes against or affecting children;
  • Strategic Goal 5: to further increase the Office's ability to manage its resources in an effective, responsible, and accountable manner; and
  • Strategic Goal 6: to further strengthen the ability of the Office and of its partners to close the impunity gap.

The Office looks forward to implementing its new Strategic Plan, as it continues to pursue its statutory mandate with rigour and conviction, always guided by the Core Values of Dedication, Integrity and Respect. In so doing, the Office counts on the continued support and cooperation of States Parties and the international community as a whole. 

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. Since 2003, the Office has been conducting investigations in multiple situations within the ICC's jurisdiction, namely in Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic (two distinct situations); Kenya; Libya; Côte d'Ivoire; Mali; Georgia and Burundi. The Office is also currently conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Colombia; Guinea; Iraq/UK; Palestine; the Philippines; Nigeria; Ukraine, and Venezuela.

For further details on "preliminary examinations" and "situations and cases" before the Court, click here, and here.

Source: Office of the Prosecutor | Contact: [email protected]