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Regional Conference UNODC ROPAN "SDG 16: A joint vision to fight organized transnational crime in the Wider Caribbean Region"

11 countries reach an agreement to comply with the 2030 Agenda under the auspices of the United Nations Regional Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean

The Regional Office of the United Nations against Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) holds the Regional Conference "SDG 16: A joint vision to fight transnational crime organized in the Region of the Greater Caribbean from November 26 to 30, 2018.

The States of the Central American and Caribbean region have committed themselves to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals to promote, among other objectives, peaceful and inclusive societies and facilitate access to justice to build effective institutions; these objectives being the key to sustainable development, which can never be a reality without peace and justice.

Organized transnational crime continues to be an obstacle to sustainable development and respect for the rule of law and human rights. The United Nations Convention against Organized Crime and its Protocols are fundamental and legally binding instruments in the fight against many forms of crime (trafficking in cultural property, cybercrime, drug trafficking, money laundering and illicit financial flows; trafficking of wild fauna and flora and forest products, maritime piracy, illegal mining, trafficking in precious metals, crimes related to fishing, illicit trafficking in firearms, human trafficking and migrant smuggling) that according to estimates by the Office of the United Nations against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which deprive developing countries of prosperity.

Due to the challenges faced by the Central America and the Caribbean region to reach sustainable development requires a joint and comprehensive work in one direction.

In order to support the States to establish priorities in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Solid Institutions, UNODC ROPAN has held the first regional conference "SDG 16: A joint vision to fight transnational crime organized in the Greater Caribbean Region "

The event was attended by representatives of Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS). In addition, delegates from cooperating countries and their cooperation agencies from Canada, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Union participated.

The thematic and technical coordination of the event was in charge of regional advisers and experts of UNODC ROPAN divided into four thematic tables:

I. Organized crime.

II. Corruption, money laundering and recovery of illicit assets.

III. Access to justice.

IV. Crime prevention; prevention of drug abuse, rehabilitation, recovery and social reintegration; and alternative development, both community and crop substitution