The 21st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justiceopened on 23 April in Vienna, Austria, with a clear message: that transnational organized crime is a global threat for sustainable development, good governance, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), human rights and the rule of law. It also called upon UN Member States to ratify the existing UN Conventions on drugs, crime and corruption and to integrate anti-crime activities into the sustainable development agenda and programmes of action for the rule of law.
During this 5-day meeting, over 800 representatives of Member States, UN entities, the private sector and civil society will discuss international efforts to address the global threat of transnational organized crime. The Commission will analyze progress in the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as well as other the international instruments to prevent and combat terrorism, and examine ways to prevent violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families; strengthen State oversight in civilian private security services; and counter maritime piracy, and the treatment of prisoners.
At the opening, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)highlighted that weak and fragile countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of transnational organized crime, threatening their opportunities for social and economic progress. According to Mr. Fedotov, “anti-crime activities had to be integrated into the sustainable development agenda, as well as programmes of action for the rule of law, which formed the foundation for human rights.”
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