Vienna, 24 October 2023 - Comprehensive and inclusive strategies against organized crime bring tangible results and positive impact on preventing and combating transnational organized crime. Recently, the UNODC Project on Strategies against Organized Crime, implemented by UNODC Global Programme on Implementing the Organized Crime Convention, won UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Award for Catalytic Delivery. The award acknowledges the project’s achievements in mobilizing international, regional and national action towards the development of comprehensive and effective national strategies to prevent and counter organized crime.
“The Award recognizes the effective action taken by States across the world to develop comprehensive and effective strategies to prevent and combat transnational organized crime,” emphasized Riikka Puttonen, Programme Manager of UNODC Global Programme on Implementing the Organized Crime Convention. “Thanks to the support of the UK, UNODC is assisting States in developing their own strategies to tackle national and international priorities in line with the 4Ps approach of the UNODC Strategy Toolkit,” she further added.
The UNODC Strategy Toolkit helps States develop comprehensive and inclusive strategies that adopt a gender and human rights responsive approach and leave no one behind in line with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Taking forward the fight against transnational organized crime requires comprehensive, evidence-based national strategies that mainstream gender and human rights. The UK is proud to have funded and supported the development of the UNODC Organized Crime Strategy Toolkit and its use,” highlighted Ambassador Kitsell, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN in Vienna in a video message on the Strategy Toolkit. “The importance of this endeavor is now enshrined in international resolutions, while many countries are already developing their national strategies relying on UNODC support or have requested such assistance,” Ambassador Kitsell further emphasized.
UNODC is currently supporting the development of national strategies against organized crime, among others, in Jamaica, Honduras and Ecuador. In July 2023, Bosnia and Herzegovina released its new strategy for 2023-2026 which follows the 4Ps approach of the Strategy Toolkit and received UNODC’s technical support during its development.
Key international instruments such as UN General Assembly resolution 76/187 and resolution 11/2 of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC COP) have acknowledged the importance of developing and adopting comprehensive strategies against organized crime.
UNODC is grateful to the United Kingdom for its generous financial support.