News and Events

29 November 2013

Legislative workshop on smuggling of migrants, 21 November 2013, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

From left to right: H.E. Ith Rady, Deputy Secretary of State of Ministry of Justice in charge of Legislation Affairs, H.E. Hi Sophear, Secretary of State of Ministry of Justice in charge of Legislation Affairs, Ms. Riikka Puttonen, UNODC legal expert on Smuggling of Migrants Protocol.

Since its ratification of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air in 2005, the Kingdom of Cambodia has made tremendous progress to tackle the issue of smuggling of migrants. The Ministry of Justice is now about to finalize the draft law on the suppression of smuggling of migrants.

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19 Novemebr 2013

UNODC launches new PSA: 'Wildlife crime: Don't be a part of it!'

UNODC's new Wildlife PSA features Internationally renowned Chinese actress Li Bing Bing

19 November 2013 - To highlight the urgent need to address the illegal trade in wildlfe, UNODC's Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific today launched a wildlife crime public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness among young Asians that the buying, selling, and consuming of protected species is illegal and finances organized crime.

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30 October 2013

Working Group reaffirms commitment to ensuring effective implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

UN Convention against Organized Crime celebrates 10 years

The seventh session of the Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance closed on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in Vienna. Over a three-day period, the meeting brought together experts from States parties and signatories to the Organized Crime Convention. A number of recommendations on the provision of technical assistance under the Convention were adopted by the Working Group.

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29 October 2013

ECOWAS countries, international community renew commitment to tackle transnational organized crime

Said Djinnit, SRSG for West Africa, UNOWA; Yury Fedotov; Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov paid a two-day visit to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where he addressed a high-level regional conference to strengthen support for the fight against organized crime and drugs in West Africa.

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2 October 2013

UN Convention against Organized Crime celebrates 10 years

UN Convention against Organized Crime celebrates 10 years

Transnational organized crime is big business, generating an estimated $870 billion in profits a year and countless victims. Ten years ago, the first global international instrument to combat it - the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three supplementing Protocols - entered into force, demonstrating the commitment of the international community to tackle this challenge.

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27 September 2013 

UN crime body to combat online child abuse

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In Vienna this week a group of experts met to review the effects of new information technology on the abuse and exploitation of children, along with measures that have proven effective in combating it. The meeting brought together experts from the fields of law enforcement, research, industry and academia.

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27 September 2013 

Wildlife trafficking is organized crime on a 'massive scale', warns UNODC head

Photo: Cambodia Customs

UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov called on states to strengthen global efforts to combat poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking.

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4 September 2013 

Migrant smuggling, ivory trafficking, heroin trafficking, and maritime piracy identified as major organized crime threats in Eastern Africa

Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment

UNODC's latest report provides insight into some of Eastern Africa's principal transnational organized crime threats.

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22 July 2013 

UNODC Chief, at ECOSOC panel, stresses need to promote rule of law, combat drugs, crime in post-2015 development agenda

 UNODC Chief, at ECOSOC panel, stresses need to promote rule of law, combat drugs, crime in post-2015 development agenda

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, addressing a panel discussion of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, underscored the links between combating drugs and crime and achieving sustainable development.

The discussion, which was held on 22 July 2013 as part of ECOSOC's substantive session this month, focused on "the Vienna-based Commissions and the importance of drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, including the issue of human trafficking".

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3 July 2013 

UNODC chief meets with international security officials to discuss combating money laundering, securing transport

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UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov attended an international meeting of high-level officials dealing with security in Vladivostok, Russia, on 2 and 3 July 2013.  On the margins of the event, he also met Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Meng Jianzhu, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security.

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19 June 2013 

Sahel region countries agree to cooperate in response to illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism

Photo: UNODC

Representatives from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Niger met last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to agree on areas of cooperation for the next four and a half years to address the interconnected problems of drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism that have plagued the region for the last decade. During a two-day long discussion, delegates agreed on a number of measures as part of a UNODC response strategy for the Sahel.

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  4 June 2013 

UNODC signs joint plan of action with Japan for cooperation on Africa, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan

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The Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, welcomed the signing of a new Joint Plan of Action with Japan. Mr. Fedotov was in Japan to attend the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which concluded in Yokohama on Monday, 3 June 2013.

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24 May 2013

Helping countries keep track of the money

Photo: UNODC

Money-laundering is a complex crime to tackle as criminals go out of their way to hide their methods. In today's world, money can be moved instantly between jurisdictions, leaving efficient anti-money-laundering work heavily reliant on sophisticated computer equipment and highly skilled enforcement personnel. In many parts of the world, such crime-fighting assets cannot be taken for granted. The end result: a financial sector vulnerable to abuse by criminals.

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14 May 2013

Azeri President visits Vienna, discusses international affairs with the Director General of UN Office in Vienna

Photo: UNODC

President Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan visited the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV). In a meeting with Yury Fedotov, the Director General of UNOV, who is also the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the President showed great interest in the work of both organizations. Azerbaijan has maintained an active role in international affairs since it was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2012-2013.

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9 May 2013

UNODC and Brazilian government launch Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil

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UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov has launched the new UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil together with the Secretary of National Drug Policy of the Ministry of Justice, Vitore Maximiano.   Mr. Fedotov traveled to the country this week to formalize this new partnership with the Brazilian government: "The opening of a Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil is a very important moment in the development of UNODC's integrated response to illicit drugs and transnational organized crime".

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8 May 2013

UNODC Chief highlights importance of social inclusion in crime prevention during visit to Police Pacification Unit in Rio de Janeiro

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On the first day of his visit to Rio de Janeiro, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov visited on Tuesday a Police Pacification Unit (UPP) that has been serving the communities of Pavão-Pavãozinho/Cantagalo, in Ipanema, since December 2009. The UPP Social programme aims to promote social inclusion measures and access to citizenship in the locations served by UPPs.

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3 May 2013

'Safe to Speak' against organized crime and corruption - World Press Freedom Day

Each week a journalist loses his or her life for bringing news and information to the public's attention and securing the safety of those individuals working in the media is an urgent matter. The theme of this year's World Press Freedom Day, "Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media", highlights the need for action to uphold the right of journalists to carry out their vital work.

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29 April 2013

Crime Commission closes on reminder that rule of law protects against violence, oppression and injustice

Photo: UNODC

The 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ended last week by emphasizing the importance of the rule of law and its role in supporting men, women and children across the world.

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23 April 2013

Heads of UNODC and CITES urge wildlife and forest offences to be treated as serious transnational organized crimes

Photo: UNODC

At the current Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the heads of two United Nations bodies called on countries to recognize wildlife and forest crimes as a serious form of organized crime and strengthen penalties against criminal syndicates and networks profiting from such illegal trade.

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22 April 2013

"We cannot allow the criminals to prosper from their crimes" says UNODC Executive Director

Photo: UNODC

Opening the Twenty-Second session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov focused on the impact of crime on social and economic development: "We know that weak and fragile states, especially those damaged by conflict, are more vulnerable to drugs and crime. And we know that crime undermines sustainable development, hinders access to education and employment, and drives away foreign and domestic investors."

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19 April 2013

Victims of terrorism, wildlife crime, and violence against women and children to be discussed at this year's UN Crime Commission

Photo: UNODC

With over 20 resolutions tabled, and many more topical side events, the 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) will open this Monday, 22 April 2013 in Vienna, Austria. The Commission will have a strong focus on countering new emerging crimes, such as the protection of wildlife, as well as on key social issues including the safety of women and children and the provision of support for the victims of terrorism.

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16 April 2013

First comprehensive UNODC study on transnational organized crime threats in East Asia and the Pacific

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UNODC launched today an assessment of the transnational organized crime threat in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. This vast region has experienced rapid economic and social changes during the past few decades which have created considerable regulation challenges for public authorities. The report takes a look at the manner in which criminal enterprises have developed alongside legitimate commerce in recent years, creating contraband markets valued at approximately US$ 90 billion.

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11 April 2013

Continuing progress for the UNODC/WCO Container Control Programme

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The joint UNODC/World Customs Organization Container Control Programme continues to expand. From the four-country pilot start-up phase in 2006, the Programme is now active in 41 countries across the world, and seizure data show its impact very clearly. In 2012 alone, more than 11 tons of cocaine, 17 tons of cannabis and 434 tons of precursor chemicals needed for the production of illicit drugs were seized in ports where the Programme is active. Additionally, there were significant seizures of other contraband, such as cigarettes, endangered species and counterfeit products.

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4 March 2013

Wildlife crime firmly on the UNODC agenda in South-East Asia

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South-East Asia is both an origin and destination region for the illegal wildlife trade. As a result, wildlife crime is an important issue for the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Recently, several political and operational achievements have boosted UNODC's work to counter wildlife crime.

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25 February 2013

Tracking transnational organized crime in West Africa

Photo: UNODC

While transnational organized crime markets and the vast profits they generate clearly continue to fuel instability and hinder development in West Africa, solid information about these markets is hard to come by. A new UNODC report, Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa: a Threat Assessment, sheds some light on some of the key crime issues that affect the region and provides recommendations for the international community to tackle these problems.

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22 February 2013
The StAR initiative: Stepping up a gear

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The joint UNODC/World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds. The last couple of years has seen unprecedented political upheaval in the Arab world which has fuelled interest in the issues of corruption and stolen assets. Calls for the return of illicit funds have resonated widely throughout the Middle East and also echoed beyond it, which has provided both opportunities and challenges for StAR.  The initiative has found itself increasingly in demand globally, trying to satisfy the need for its expertise, training and advice in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, East Asia and elsewhere.

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14 February 2013

Experts discuss the role of organized crime in the production and trade of fraudulent medicines

Photo: UNODC

A high-level conference opened today in Vienna, Austria, on the illicit trafficking of fraudulent medicines - a form of transnational organized crime which threatens public safety. Fraudulent medicines have proven to be harmful and at times fatal, as well as an increasingly lucrative area for organized criminal networks.

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18 January 2013

Intergovernmental expert group to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime to take place from 25 to 28 February 2013 in Vienna, Austria

Photo: UNODC

The second meeting of the Open-ended intergovernmental expert group to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime will take place from 25 to 28 February 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

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15 January 2013

Myanmar joins the PATROL counter-trafficking effort in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Photo: UNODC

Myanmar took an important step recently by joining the ongoing regional counter-smuggling effort supported by UNODC in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The project PATROL ( Partnership Against Transnational crime through Regional Organized Law Enforcement) already links Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam with UNODC in an effort to counteract transnational organized crime in all its forms - including the smuggling of migrants, drugs, chemical precursors, natural resources and hazardous substances.

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11 December 2012

UNODC Executive Director: To save the orangutan, we must break the links between illegal timber trade, corruption and transnational organized crime

(c) Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Environmental crimes, often financed and organized by transnational organized criminal groups, are destroying habitats and endangering species around the world. Noting UNODC estimates that up to 40 per cent of wood-products exported from East Asia and the Pacific may be produced from illegally harvested wood, the organization's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, has urged policy makers to consider environmental crimes a serious form of transnational organized crime and called on them to endorse "radical changes", good governance and the strong involvement of the criminal justice system to save endangered species, communities and habitats.

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6 December 2012

Lao PDR "extremely vulnerable" to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups, says UNODC Executive Director

Photo: UNODC

Lao PDR's position at the hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion and its shared borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam make it "extremely vulnerable" to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by transnational organized crime groups, warned Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director. He said this was true despite the country's economic reforms, impressive economic growth rates and its efforts to combat corruption.

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29 November 2012

UNODC Executive Director offers support to Thailand to fight "region's worsening organized crime and illicit drug trafficking problem"

Photo: UNODC

Recognizing Thailand's pursuit of rule of law-based efforts to counter illicit drug and human trafficking, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov pledged the organization's support to the country's struggle against these human security threats.  Mr. Fedotov, who touched down in Thailand yesterday at the start of an official 12-day mission to the region, made his comments today when he met the Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.

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23 November 2012

"We must isolate piracy's ringleaders and financiers"

Photo: UNODC

After visiting Seychelles, Kenya, and Somalia, the counter-piracy mission of UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, ended today in Mauritius. During the visit to East Africa, the UNODC Chief discussed counter-piracy efforts with heads of state and ministers, met with local counter-piracy and organized crime experts, and inspected prisons, and a training academy. [Read More]

19 November 2012

Governance and the rule of law in East Africa: UNODC's support for training and infrastructure in tackling piracy

Photo: UNODC

Good governance and the rule of law are two areas seen as crucial in building a safer world for all. However, in areas which have been devastated by war and unrest, public institutions which work to provide this security can be lacking. As part of UNODC's assistance in strengthening this, the organization's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, this week visited Eastern Africa, including Puntland which for years suffered from civil war and is busy re-building its institutions with UNODC's assistance. [Read More]

16 November 2012

Piracy in East Africa: How the Seychelles works to tackle a global issue

Photo: UNODC

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the waters along the Eastern Africa coastline has had a harmful effect on many areas both locally and globally. While the movement of international freight through this strategic location has been harmed, the everyday livelihoods of millions of locals have also suffered. Discussing this with officials in the Seychelles during a series of meetings in the region, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, acknowledged the impact that piracy has had on the Seychelles - particularly in key sectors such as tourism and fishing. [Read More]

30 October 2012

Trafficking in cultural property - organized crime and the theft of our past

Photo: UNODC

Transnational organized crime is often associated with cross-border activities around areas such as illicit arms, drugs and human trafficking. However, this link is often overlooked when it comes to the issue of trafficking in cultural property. While there is evidence of a substantial amount of looting around the world, so far the actions to combat trafficking in cultural property have not yet matched the gravity nor the extent of the crime. Despite well-established agreements and legislation by bodies such as UNESCO to curb the buying and selling of illegally excavated artefacts, it is only in recent years that international efforts to tackle the role of organized criminal networks that perpetuate this crime have come to the fore. [Read More]

21 October 2012

Vienna conference closes after week long discussion on transnational organized crime

Photo: UNODC

The Sixth Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime closed Friday. Over a five day period, the Conference brought together more than 800 delegates, 107 States Parties and 6 signatories. Progress was made in a number of resolutions including the illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms; the smuggling of migrants over land, sea and air; and the provision of technical assistance under UNTOC. [Read More]

16 October 2012

UNODC's new crime fighting tool turns lessons of the past into policies for the future

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UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today announced the launch of a new tool in the fight against organized crime at an event also attended by the Italian Minister for Interior and other distinguished guests. The Digest of Organized Crime is based on an analysis of more than 200 cases and the accumulated knowledge of over 50 experts. [Read More]

16 October 2012

 

International cooperation on extradition and the confiscation of proceeds of crime

Photo: UNODC

Global problems require global solutions. Like transnational organized crime, the efforts to combat transnational organized crime must cross borders. This involves international cooperation and mutual assistance in responding to organized crime. At an operational level there must be effective coordination, a knowledgeable group of practitioners, and a desire to move the law forward. Towards this end, two new manuals have been developed with the view to strengthen international cooperation on mutual legal assistance, strengthening nation States' capacity to extradite organized criminals and to confiscate the profits of their criminal activities. [Read more]

15 October 2012

Proceeds of transnational crime in billions, number of victims in millions, says UNODC chief

Photo: UNODC UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today said that crime preyed on countries where the rule of law and other institutions were vulnerable to criminals. The remarks were made at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. [Read More]

12 October 2012

New UNODC handbook on the international transfer of sentenced persons

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The Handbook on the International Transfer of Sentenced Persons has been developed to explain how returning sentenced persons to their country of nationality or permanent residence to serve their sentences can contribute to the fair, effective and just treatment of foreign offenders. The primary focus of the handbook is on arrangements that can be made to transfer sentenced persons, so they can serve their sentences in accordance with the laws of the receiving State. [Read more]

 

11 October 2012

UNODC develops Model Legislative Provisions against Organized Crime

Photo: UNODCIn the fight against transnational organized crime international consistency in national State legislation is vital. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has developed the Manual of Model Legislative Provisions against Organized Crime in order to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto (UNTOC). [Read more]

 

 

2 October 2012

Sixth session of Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime to be held in Vienna

Photo: UNODCMedia Advisory: Press Conference

Progress in international efforts to address transnational organized crime will be the focus of the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, to be held in Vienna from 15 to 19 October. Ministers and officials from Member States will address a wide range of organized crime-related issues requiring effective legal responses, law enforcement and criminal justice, including new and emerging issues such as trafficking in cultural property and cybercrime. [Read more]

29 September 2012

UNODC chief presents transnational organized crime study for Central America and the Caribbean to Member States

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UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov presented a new UNODC study entitled Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean: A Threat Assessment to country representatives from the region. The event, held in New York, was attended by the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, Mr. Staffan De Mistura.

The study examines the impact of major trafficking flows of cocaine; women and children coerced into the sex trade; migrants smuggled for labour; and firearms. [Read more]

19 September 2012

As Central America confronts violence, our role is to offer assistance, says head of UNODC

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After meeting the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov expressed his full support for the country's activities against illicit drugs and crime.

In a conversation with the President, Mr. Fedotov also reiterated the support of UNODC for a revised Central American Security Strategy. He noted that countries cannot confront those issues alone and stressed the need for an integrated approach connecting Central America to other regions while also promoting regional cooperation. Read more here.

15 September 2012

UNODC video on transnational organized crime reaches 60,000 views

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A UNODC campaign video to raise awareness about transnational organized crime has been viewed online by more than 60,000 people worldwide and aired on television stations such as Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, Vox Africa and Spanish TVE since its launch in July. The video will be shown at this year's pre-Oscar screening sessions hosted by Variety Magazine in New York and Los Angeles, with further broadcasting planned via other international media, including CNBC.

The video is part of an extensive multilingual campaign available at www.unodc.org/toc, which is being rolled out through online channels such as YouTube, Weibo, Facebook and Twitter and by international broadcasters. The campaign illustrates the key financial and social costs of organized crime and includes fact sheets containing recent statistics on various crimes. Read more here.

13 September 2012

Plundering Mother Nature - wildlife, forests and the effects of organized crime

Photo: UNODCEnvironmental crime, particularly trafficking in wildlife and timber, is a significant source of illegal income for criminals. For example, estimates place the trade in illegal timber from South-East Asia to the European Union and Asia in 2010 at $3.5 billion, while the sale of elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts in Asia alone was worth $75 million in the same year. As a form of transnational organized crime, trafficking in wildlife and timber forms is the subject of a new campaign by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Information on the awareness campaign, which aims to draw attention to the various aspects of transnational organized crime, can be found at www.unodc.org/toc and includes a video available at www.youtube.com/unodc and through international broadcasters. The website and video illustrate the key financial and social costs of organized crime, including environmental crime. Read more here.

23 August 2012

Guyana and Suriname are first Caribbean countries to join Container Control Programme

Photo: UNODCGuyana and Suriname are the first two Caribbean countries to join the highly successful Container Control Programme, which works with countries to improve port security and prevent the illegal use of sea containers in drug trafficking and transnational organized criminal activities, such as trafficking in chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs (precursors), smuggling of goods (including counterfeit goods), tax evasion and possible terrorist acts.

This week, the two countries signed memorandums of understanding with UNODC that will see the establishment of joint port control units in Port Georgetown (the John Fernandes port) in Guyana and Nieuwe Haven port in Suriname. Read more here.

26 July 2012

Criminals rake in $250 billion per year in counterfeit goods that pose health and security risks

Photo: UNODCCounterfeiting is estimated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to generate some $250 billion a year in criminal proceeds. As a form of transnational organized crime, counterfeiting forms part of a new campaign by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The campaign, which aims to bring attention to the various aspects of organized crime, can be seen on www.unodc.org/toc and includes a new awareness-raising video which is being rolled out online ( www.youtube.com/unodc) as well as through international broadcasters. This illustrates the key financial and social costs behind organized crime and reveals the dangers of counterfeit goods to health and safety. The campaign page also includes a dedicated section and Fact Sheet on counterfeit products ( http://www.unodc.org/toc/en/crimes/counterfeit-goods.html). Read more here.

25 July 2012

ICCWC launches wildlife and forest crime toolkit

Photo: UNODCThe International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), of which UNODC is a member, has launched its Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit and announced that it has secured $600,000 for the current fiscal year through the World Bank Development Grant Facility (DGF) to strengthen national enforcement capacities to fight wildlife crime. Read more here.

 

 

16 July 2012

New UNODC campaign highlights transnational organized crime as an US$ 870 billion a year business

Photo: UNODCUNODC today launched a new global awareness-raising campaign emphasizing the size and cost of transnational organized crime. Profiling this multibillion dollar a year threat to peace, human security and prosperity, the campaign illustrates the key financial and social costs of this international problem through a new public service announcement video and dedicated fact sheets for journalists. With a turnover estimated to be around US$ 870 billion a year, organized criminal networks profit from the sale of illegal goods wherever there is a demand. These immense illicit funds are worth more than 6 times the amount of official development assistance, and are comparable to 1.5 per cent of global GDP, or 7 per cent of the world's exports of merchandise. See more at www.unodc.org/toc.

29 June 2012

Making a dent in counterfeit goods and drug shipments

Photo: UNODC

The Container Control Programme (CCP) - a joint UNODC/World Customs Organization project working to boost the inspection of containers and detect illicit goods - continues to have an impressive success rate, yielding positive results at an ever-increasing pace. Initially established to counter drug trafficking, the CCP has rapidly expanded to become a major tool in tackling fraudulent goods. Since its inception, the programme has led to the seizure of 487 containers of fraudulent and contraband goods alongside a further 195 containers of drugs, the latter comprising more than 60 tons of cocaine, 49 tons of cannabis and 807 tons of precursor chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs. A number of other black-market goods have also been discovered, ranging from endangered species to stolen luxury cars to priceless cultural artefacts and archaeological treasures. Read more here.

22 June 2012

General Assembly to hold thematic debate on drugs, crime and development

The General Assembly will hold a thematic debate on drugs and crime as a threat to development on Tuesday 26 June in New York.

The event, convened on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, highlights the impact of drugs and crime on poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals, and discusses ways of improving the international community's coordinated efforts to address the adverse impact of drugs and crime on development. Two panel discussions will focus on challenges in mainstreaming drug control and crime prevention into development initiatives. Read more here.