"Nothing inevitable" about transnational organized crime: UNODC

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USG Yury Fedotov, Executive-Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addresses the GA during the High-Level Debate on Transnational Organized Crime. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

There is "nothing inevitable" about the continuation of international crime syndicates such as people-smugglers and traffickers, said the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday.

Yuri Fedotov was speaking at the beginning of a High-Level Debate in the UN General Assembly on Transnational Organized Crime.

Matthew Wells has more.

UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov said that transnational networks endanger the "safety, development and health" of all of our societies – all for the sake of turning a profit.

Migrant smugglers, traffickers who exploit vulnerable women and girls, the violent extremists plundering cultural sites, and cyber criminals were all flourishing, he said, "in times of conflict and instability."

But their actions also fuel insecurity, as seen in the growing nexus of organized crime and terrorism.

"But t  here is nothing inevitable or invincible about transnational organized crime. We must engage all of our institutions if we hope to defeat the criminals and protect the defenceless."

Mr Fedotov pointed to the inspiration of the Italian anti-Mafia judge, Giovanni Falcone, who was assassinated in the 1990s, but not before he had helped bring about the UN Convention Against Transnational Crime, known as the Palermo Convention.

The convention showed that crime could be defeated, with a focus on painstaking investigation, cooperation across borders, and "unwavering and uncompromising integrity," Mr Fedotov concluded.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.


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