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Indonesia to participate in reviewing implementation of the Organized Crime Convention

Puncak, West Java (Indonesia), 4 August 2010
- Since it was adopted by the General Assembly in 2000, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime has assisted States in responding, at the regional and international levels, to the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

In its recently-released (May) report entitled "The Globalization of Crime - A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment", UNODC points out that organized crime has diversified, gone global and reached macroeconomic proportions. To strengthen efforts against such crime, UNODC notes that the tenth anniversary of the Organized Crime Convention is a good occasion to agree on a mechanism to review its implementation.

From 14 to 16 July, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a meeting on the feasibility of Indonesia's participation in the voluntary pilot programme for reviewing the implementation of the Convention.

One of the key objectives of the meeting was to disseminate the results of the Organized Crime Convention's pilot stakeholder group meetings, which were held in Vienna from 7 to 9 July 2010. In addition, participants completed the self-assessment checklist using the UNODC omnibus survey software.

Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Indonesian National Police Transnational Crime Center, the National Central Bureau of INTERPOL Indonesia, the Indonesia Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center, the Attorney General's Office and the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration. Representatives from UNODC participated as observers during the three-day meeting.

The outcome of the meeting was the preparation of a concrete working agenda outlining Indonesia's participation in the pilot programme.

Indonesia has ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the Convention, on 28 September 2009 and has volunteered to be one of the 13 States, together with Chile, Colombia, Egypt, France, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Serbia, and the United States of America, to participate in the pilot programme.