Poaching and illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora have a significant impact on species and entire ecosystems, local communities and their livelihoods, national economies, and national and regional security.
On 13 April 2015, UNODC and CITES co-hosted an International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) high-level side event on "Wildlife and Forest Crime: A Serious Crime" in the margins of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar. The event was opened by the President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, and co-chaired by UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, and CITES Secretary-General, Mr. John E. Scanlon. .
At an official opening event for the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed there could be no development without human rights or the rule of law.
Noting crime's impact on development, the UN Secretary-General said that if the international community could remake the world in the image of justice and equality, "we will have been part of an extraordinary achievement for billions of people".