UN Unveils New Tool to Fight Organized Crime

UN Unveils New Tool to Fight Organized Crime

By Dialogo
October 18, 2012

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) unveiled on October 16 a new tool in the fight against organized crime, the result of a joint effort with the Italian and Colombian governments and global policing body Interpol.

UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov and Italian Interior Minister Annamaria Cancelleri introduced the tool, a digest of more than 200 case analyses and knowledge from more than 50 experts that countries can use to understand different crime-fighting experiences and integrate them into their own strategies.

Fedotov said the digest was much needed, given the multi-faceted nature of organized crime.

“Organized crime groups engage in many different criminal activities and markets. Drug trafficking is one prominent example; others include trafficking in persons and cultural property, extortion, cybercrime and piracy,” Fedotov said during the presentation.

“To effectively combat organized crime, countries must dismantle the criminal organization as a whole, bring the ringleaders to justice, deprive them of their illegal profits and prevent them from laundering money,” he added.

The tool’s presentation took place on the sidelines of a week-long UN crime conference attended by some 800 ministers and civil society representatives.