Member States urged to ratify UN crime convention

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a meeting of the Security Council

Member States have been urged to ratify and implement United Nations conventions to combat organized crime and corruption.

The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the Security Council discussed threats to international peace and security on Wednesday.

The Secretary-General said regional cooperation is a key to addressing both illicit flows and human trafficking.

Mr. Ban said there is a need for systems that can detect and monitor what he called "the enormous flows" of illicit money generated by criminal activities across borders.

"Across the globe, insecure borders enable the trafficking of drugs, weapons, contraband, terrorist funding, materials related to weapons of mass destruction, conflict minerals, wildlife and people. Such illicit flows undermine state sovereignty. They destroy communities and individual lives. They are threats to peace and security and are rightly the focus of this Council's close attention."

(Duration: 28")

Mr. Ban said the United Nations is helping fragile and vulnerable countries, including those that are recovering from conflict, to secure their borders.

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