"Vigorous" research into wildlife crime to be launched by UN

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Yury Fedotov. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A "vigorous research and analysis effort" on wildlife crime is to be launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The announcement was made by the head of UNODC, Yury Fedotov in his opening remarks to the 23rd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Monday.

About 800 representatives of Member States, civil society and journalists have gathered in the Austrian capital Vienna for the session which is addressing a number of crime related issues.

They include the smuggling of migrants, human smuggling, including for the purposes of organ removal, as well as trafficking of cultural property, timber and forest products, said Mr. Fedotov.

"A particular priority is a global fight against wildlife, the forest crime. Wildlife crime undermines development and stability and destroys the ecosystems and legitimate livelihoods. Given the increasing importance of wildlife and forest crime and the pressing request from many member states, UNODC intends to launch a vigorous and dedicated research and analysis effort on this issue." (28")

Mr. Fedotov said the five-day session in Vienna is also expected to adopt a number of resolutions including on crimes committed against journalists and violence against children.

It will also consider new draft resolutions on the rule of law and post 2015 development.

The year 2015 is the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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