Organized Crime

Organized crime is considered to be a changing and flexible phenomenon. Many of the benefits of globalization such as easier and faster communication, movement of finances and international travel, have also created opportunities for transnational organized criminal groups to flourish, diversify and expand their activities. Traditional, territorial-based criminal groups have evolved or have been partially replaced by smaller and more flexible networks with branches across several jurisdictions. In the course of an investigation, victims, suspects, organized criminal groups and proceeds of crime may be located in many States. Moreover, organized crime affects all States, whether as countries of supply, transit or demand. As such, modern organized crime constitutes a global challenge that must be met with a concerted, global response.

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November 2000, is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational organized crime. Read more»

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Regular sessions of the Conference, Working Groups, information gathering under the Organized Crime Convention, as well as background and practical information. Read more»

International Cooperation

Transnational organized crime requires a coordinated transnational response. As criminal networks span the globe, efforts to combat them must likewise cross borders so as to ensure that organized crime networks do not simply divert their activities to countries or regions where weak cooperation means weak criminal justice responses. Read more»

Technical Assistance

Every nation is affected by the problems of serious and organized crime. Its destructive effects can detrimentally impact on the daily lives of citizens, hamper economic growth, and hamper efforts made by governments to contain the consequences of crime. UNODC works with States parties to the Organized Crime... Read more»

Emerging Crimes

As organized crime groups join ever more complex networks spanning the globe, the crimes become increasingly transnational and the types of crime they are able to commit diversify. New threats to global security are emerging... Read more»

Tools & Publications

In order to enhance the knowledge base available for Member States to develop effective international responses to transnational organized crime threats, UNODC has produced a series of legal and technical tools and publications. Read more»

About Us

Find out more about the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch of UNODC. Read more»

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