Ladies and gentlemen,
Taking forward the global fight against transnational organized crime requires solid strategies and plans for action, based on evidence, and building on the framework provided by the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
In 2020, when we marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Palermo Convention, its Conference of the Parties requested UNODC’s continued support with developing national strategies against organized crime.
Responding to this mandate, UNODC created the Toolkit for the development and implementation of high-impact strategies to prevent and combat organized crime, along with issue papers on gender and human rights considerations in implementing the Convention.
Working with a range of actors, including governments from all regions, international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector, we developed these resources to provide concrete guidance to States on how to tackle organized crime, as part of integrated responses that respect human rights, incorporate gender considerations, and promote sustainable development.
Since the start of the year, more than 30 States from all regions have requested strategy development support, and UNODC is stepping up its assistance through the “Global Programme on Implementing the Organized Crime Convention”.
This event on the margins of the Crime Commission will showcase examples and approaches from around the world, and advance our partnership to promote a more comprehensive and inclusive global response against organized crime, to leave no one behind in the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
I thank the United Kingdom for their steadfast support to our work. UNODC looks forward to continuing our cooperation to develop a more inclusive and comprehensive global response against organized crime. I wish you successful deliberations.