20 years after the signing of UNTOC, crime prevention remains a multidimensional endeavour
October 16, 2020

20 years after the signing of UNTOC, crime prevention remains a multidimensional endeavour

Not a day passes without stories of organized crime making their way to the front pages of newspapers around the world. Despite copious legislation and strong law enforcement measures in most countries, criminal groups find ways to operate outside the rule of law across borders, causing immense physical, psychological, and financial damage to their victims.

Governments have since long joined efforts in combatting organized crime even as it continues to become more emboldened. With the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), signed in Palermo, Italy in 2000, they devised an international instrument enabling their collective fight against transnational organized crime. 

Education for Justice - Events - Palermo+20: Building on the Legacy of UNTOC Using Quality Education on the Rule of Law and Transnational Organized Crime to Help the Next Generation Shape Policy and Create Positive Change
October 13, 2020

Palermo+20: Building on the legacy of UNTOC

Using quality education on the rule of law to prevent transnational organized crime and help the next generation create positive change

This side event celebrates the 20 th anniversary of the signing of the UNTOC and builds on that legacy by showcasing how education, particularly through lifelong learning opportunities, can empower youth and adults to address transnational organized crime.

Examples of good practices for the conceptualization, design and dissemination of educational tools on transnational organized crime at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels will be presented, igniting fruitful discussions and exchanges of views on the importance of quality education to promote and uphold the rule of law, with a particular focus on organized crime.

Judicial Integrity - Events - Exploring the Effects of Organized Crime and Corruption on the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
October 7, 2020

Exploring the Effects of Organized Crime and Corruption on the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary

UNODC's Judicial Integrity Team, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judge and Lawyers, will contextualize the problem of judicial corruption arising from organized crime and illustrate its effects on the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. The panel will highlight the applicable international legal frameworks as well as good practices for preventing and combating corruption linked to organized crime. It will also promote specific resources of the Global Judicial Integrity Network available to improve training on judicial integrity principles and provide updates on other relevant work being carried out by the Special Rapporteur.

Crime Prevention Through Sports - Events - Strengthening Youth Resilience to Lower the Risk of Recruitment by Gangs and Organized Criminal Networks
October 4, 2020

Strengthening Youth Resilience to Lower the Risk of Recruitment by Gangs and Organized Criminal Networks 

This high-level side event aims to underline the importance of prevention programmes for vulnerable youth as part of comprehensive strategies to counter gang violence and organised crime. Panellists will share experiences from Latin America on the use of innovative approaches, such as through sport, to reach young people at risk of victimization and involvement in crime. Specifically, and building on the work of UNODC, the event will highlight the use of sport as a tool to build youth and community resilience by strengthening key personal and social life skills, and by generating safe public spaces that facilitate positive youth engagement in marginalised communities.

Using sport to reach young people in vulnerable settings, UNODC rolls out new life skills training in Lebanon
October 2, 2020

Using sport to reach young people in vulnerable settings, UNODC rolls out new life skills training in Lebanon

Sport can be a powerful tool to engage youth and promote positive values, building resilience to violence, crime and substance use. With this in mind, UNODC's 'Line Up Live Up' initiative has been rolled across the world in recent years, offering a sports-based, life skills training curriculum designed to help young people in vulnerable settings. 

Most recently, Line Up Live Up, part of the Youth Crime Prevention through Sport initiative under the Doha Declaration Global Programme, partnered with UNESCO and the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon to organize a four-day Training of Trainers in Beirut.