Common Action against a Common Threat The G8 Outreach Meeting on Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Trieste, 26 June 2009


Mr Chairman, Ministro Frattini

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


This year, the Afghan opium will kill another 100,000 people in Europe, Russia and West Asia.  It will also undermine Afghan society and fund terrorism.  I welcome this Outreach effort by G8 countries, to promote common actions in a crescendo of intensity – in Afghanistan itself, in the neighbouring region and beyond, all the way to the European Union.


First, we need to tackle the problem at its source: in Afghanistan

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Pulling the plug on cyber-crime Meeting of the G8 Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Rome, 29 May 2009


I would like to raise a number of points on the issue of cyber- crime.


  • The Internet is turning into one of most powerful force of change, the way that we do business, communicate, learn, exchange information, and do research.


  • The same technologies are being exploited by criminals, and organized criminal groups, to supply drugs, arms, people and human organs. Also to recruit terrorists.
  • Of late, cyber-attacks on critical infrastructures have demonstrated that the criminal use of the Internet can be a major threat to national security.
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Organized crime is a threat to security Meeting of the G8 Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Rome, 29 May 2009



Your Excellencies,


            There are many urgent priorities for the G8 to address, starting from the global economic crisis. But in terms of Justice and Home Affairs, I believe there is no greater threat than organized crime.


  • It is now transnational.
  • It has reached macro-economic dimensions
  • It has become a security issue (on the agenda of the Security Council).
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Fighting piracy on land and at sea Testimony to the United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Washington, 14 May 2009



Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Rohrbacher, and Members of the Committee.


Piracy continues unabated off the Horn of Africa - there have been 80 reported attacks already this year.


Pirates are moving up the value added ladder. A few years ago they attacked fishing trawlers just off the coast. Now they take on oil tankers and container ships far out at sea. Ransom money is buying property, luxury goods, and power. Profits are also being used to buy satellite phones, GPSs, more powerful weapons and faster boats, or to bribe officials and collaborators. In a country wracked by poverty and instability, the profits of piracy are spreading corruption, perverting local economies, and empowering warlords and criminal groups.


This poses a major threat to Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, the stability of the region, and the commercial and security interests of UN Member States. What can be done to stop piracy off the Horn of Africa?

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United against modern slavery General Assembly thematic debate on human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

New York, 13 May 2009



Secretary-General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has been on the vanguard of collective action in the struggle against human trafficking.  We have launched political, humanitarian, operational – even artistic initiatives that many of you have supported, even personally attended.  With a bit of arrogance, let me say that UNODC considers itself part of a group of leaders (individuals and institutions) that wish to be considered as the conscience of the world on this issue – and I certainly place the Secretary General in the lead of this very noble exercise.


Today, I wish to provide an overview of where we stand in this struggle, and some food for thought on how we can improve the way we work together. I am able to do this thanks to information provided by 100 Member States and 31 organizations in preparation for the Secretary-General’s background paper.

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Transnational Organized Crime is a Threat to Security and Development Conference on Destabilizing Factors and Trans-National Threats PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

23 April 2009


I am honoured by the invitation to attend this G8 Ministerial meeting  In this brief introduction, I wish to outline how I see the organized crime threat, and pose broad questions to the members of this distinguished panel.


1.              In the past quarter century, the nature of crime has changed:

a.       it has become organized and transnational

b.      it has reached macro-economic dimensions;

c.       it has turned into a global business operating in collusion with legitimate activity.

d.      it has become more than localized violence, causing alarm among citizens, politicians and media alike. 

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