Disrupt criminal markets, not just the mafias High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on transnational organized crime PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)



Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


In the past quarter century, organized crime has gone global.  It has reached macro-economic and armed dimensions to become a threat to the stability of nations. The report on The Globalization of Crime issued today by my office (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) provides the first comprehensive assessment of global crime markets:  drugs, arms, modern slaves, illicit resources, counterfeits, as well as maritime piracy and cyber-crime. 


The threat is not just economic.  The threat is strategic, as criminals today can influence elections, politicians and the military – in one word, they buy power.


Some governments are unable to resist, as they lack the resourcess. Some others would be able to contain the problem, but show a benign neglect  -- and I have in mind some rich nations.

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Media can Start a Consumer Revolt against Human Trafficking Forum on the role of the news media in exposing human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)



Ladies and Gentlemen,


I would love to say that it is my pleasure to take part in this panel. Actually, this’ not true:  it saddens me, well into the 21st century, to take part in a panel discussion on modern-form of slavery: a crime that shames us all now as much as it did centuries ago..

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The world’s deadliest drug trade: facts and figures Afghanistan gets 5% the world’s heroin money and 100% the blame International Forum on “Drug Production in Afghanistan: A Challenge to the International Community” PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Moscow, 9 June 2010



Mr. President

Ladies and Gentlemen,


How nice to be back in Moscow, almost half a century from my studies at the Moskovsky Gosudarstvenniy Universitet imeni Lenina (MGU). 


I was honoured to join this Forum:  indeed, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is well-placed to talk about drugs in, and from Afghanistan.  Our opium surveys are an unrivalled source of information on how much opium is cultivated, where is going, and how it affects health, crime and insurgency within and beyond the country’s borders.  Here is the latest information.

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The four rights at the heart of drug policy World Forum against Drugs PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Stockholm, 24 May 2010


Mr Chairman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


It is my pleasure to address this Forum – a noble institution which reflects the sober views of a majority of humanity, concerned about the deadly affects of drugs. 


You have helped to move drug control forward – to make drug policy more responsive to the needs of those most seriously affected, along the whole chain of the drug industry -- from poor farmers that cultivate it, to desperate addicts who consume it, as well as those caught in the cross-fire of traffickers. You have championed the cause of shared responsibility, between states as much as within communities.  Today I wish to invite to open your minds and hearts even more and support the new vision we, at UNODC, have imparted to drug control policy.

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The costs of non-justice 19th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)


Vienna, 17 May 2010



Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,


Last month, the Crime Prevention Congress in Salvador (Brazil) called for adapting the administration of justice to our changing world. The challenge of this Commission is to act and ensure that nations indeed have the laws, knowledge and tools needed to deliver justice appropriate to the 21st century.  Today I’ll focus on the implications of this call and the work-program you face because of it.


Legal instruments


Let’s look first at the existing legal instruments:  are they adequate to protect our societies?  The Salvador Declaration answered in the negative when it requested this Commission to initiate the systematic review of all criminal justice standards and norms.             Make no mistake:  this review is not house-keeping.   It is about building security and development through the rule of law, to ensure your people freedom from fear and freedom from want, in the respect of human rights.

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Assisting Somalia to deal with its pirates Piracy is best fought with development and the law United Nations General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

New York, 14 May 2010



This statement reviews developments in the Indian Ocean related to piracy and current initiatives to counter it.  The assessment is positive, but the sustainability of ongoing efforts is in doubt as conditions, on the ground and at sea, keep evolving.


The statement shows that there is no alternative to assisting Somalia deal with its own pirates, by promoting: (i) development on land; (ii) security at sea, and (iii) the rule of law in parts of Somalia that are less insecure.


These prospects are predicated on three factors: (i) economic assistance is massively increased, (ii) the conditions in, and outside, Somalia that facilitate piracy (trafficking and money-laundering) are addressed; and (iii) the return of the UN.

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