Combating Transnational Organized Crime will be the focus of UNODC's agenda over the next week

October 11, 2018- More than 800 government representatives, civil society and crime experts will meet in Vienna between October 15th and 19th for the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

During these days, the global challenges currently facing this field will be discussed, participants will debate over the strategies necessary to combat crime based on the Convention. They will also review the implementation of UNTOC and its Protocols on Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants and Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, as well as on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters and New and Emerging Crimes.

The opening session will be led by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, among others.

During this week, about 40 side events will examine a variety of topics, including a production entitled "Legality on Stage: A Play about Responses to Organized Crime"; high level parallel events on illicit firearms and gangs in Central America. It will also address the prevention, repression and prosecution of trafficking in and smuggling of migrants in East Africa.

The ninth edition will feature numerous exhibits, covering topics ranging from preventing terrorism to trafficking in persons, fighting corruption and crimes against wildlife and many more. The event can be followed through social networks with Hashtags # COP9 #UNTOC # 15yearsUNTOC and the opening session will be broadcast live over the Internet.

Further information:

Live webcast of the opening at 10am CEST on 15 October

Programme and additional information about the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime 

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