"Crime harms us all" says UN envoy

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Crime harms all people wherever they are in the world according to a senior UN envoy.

Speaking in Doha on the first day of an international conference on crime, the chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the meeting was an opportunity to look at ways to fight all types of criminal activity, from cybercrime to terrorism.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Speaking at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice,  UNODC chief Yury Fedotov, said the meeting was an opportunity to take stock and agree on robust responses to address crime, violence, corruption and terrorism.

He said they represent some of the most pressing global challenges and the biggest threats to sustainable development.

"Crime harms us all, in all parts of the world, whether we are talking about corruption, cybercrime, fraudulent medicines or violence, countries of origin, transit or destination for trafficking victims and smuggled migrants, producers and consumers of illicit drugs or supply and demand for illegal forest and wildlife products or cultural property," he said.

Mr Fedotov added that the 13th Congress offers a timely opportunity to further promote a holistic approach that integrates effective crime prevention and criminal justice measures into the wider UN agenda.

He said that would include human rights, gender equality and the protection of children.

The Congress opened on Sunday in Doha, Qatar. In an unusual move delegates agreed the Final Declaration on the first day.

The document emphasizes important aspects of fighting transnational organized crime and strengthening criminal justice systems and crime prevention.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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