Towards a Global Plan of Action to Fight Human Trafficking United Nations General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

21 April 2010

 

Honourable Co-chairmen and Cofacilitators,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Two hundred years ago, revolutions on both side of the Atlantic, as well as Parliaments with landmarks legislations, put and end to the slave trade across the Atlantic.

 

The rest is history:  slavery was abolished.  Right?  I fear the past is not dead.  It is not even past.

 

While open slave trade has ended, human trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery persist as multi-billion dollars activities, at the expense of millions of victims.

 

Where are the victims deprived of liberty, duped or coerced into forced labour, locked up, abused and forced into servitude?  They all around us: in sweatshops, in mines or on farms, doing dirty, dodgy or dangerous work, or in the sex trade – enslaved and indebted to their masters, afraid or unable to escape.

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“No security or development without justice” Will this Crime Prevention Congress meet the challenge? Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

 

Salvador, Brazil, 18 April 2010

 

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

So far, this Crime Prevention Congress has put the world’s criminal justice system on trial – if you allow me the metaphor.  I would not be surprised if your verdict were to be harsh. In too many parts of the world:

 

·         Cities, even statesare not able to provide public order. Income inequalities within, and across nations, have turned into mal-distribution of justice and security: private guards around gated communities protect the rich, while ghettos are ruled by gangs;

·         Policeare under fire from well-equipped and well-connected criminals.  Most often salaries are low and the temptation for bribery high;

·         Prosecutorslack the skills and the equipment to collect evidence, while criminals hire the world’s best layers to stay out of jail;

·         Judgesare intimidated, bribed, even murdered.  In so many countries they are overwhelmed, resulting in justice delayed -- which is justice denied;

·         Prisons,overcrowded with people in pre-trial detention or guilty of minor offences, have turned into incubators of infections and universities of crime;

·         Money-launderingcorrupts entire economic sectors, inducing a sense of inequity that law-abiding, common people resent.

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El “Corazón Azul” in México contra la trata de personas PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Ciudad de México, 14 de abril de 2010

 

Señor Presidente, Excelencias, Señoras y Señores,

 

Constituye para mí un verdadero honor participar en el lanzamiento de la campaña Corazón Azul en México.  Esta iniciativa ha sido concebida con el objetivo de crear conciencia respecto de la existencia y gravedad de la trata de personas – la forma hodierna de esclavitud que explota millones de seres humanos alrededor del mundo, y prevenir que más personas sean encadenadas a trabajos forzados.

 

La esclavitud hoy es un drama mundial:  se han reportado casos en más de 130 países:  ocurre aquí, en México, come en los Estados Unidos, a Europa, Asia y África.  La mayoría de las víctimas  (un 80%) son mujeres y niños, para fines de explotación sexual o otros trabajos forzados.  Y existe mucha ignorancia, misma la sensación de que la esclavitud ocurre lejos de nuestra casa, y que las víctimas se la buscaron. Ambos supuestos son falsos.  Y es un delito grave, mal comprendido y sous-estimado.

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Fortalecer Justicia y Seguridad en Centro America Declaración Política y Plan de Acción de Managua PDF Print E-mail
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Conferencia Ministerial de Roma, 25 de Marzo de 2010

 

 

Excelentísimo Señor Presidente,

Excelencias, Señores y Señoras

 

Desde el final de la Guerra Fría, la globalización ha superado el crecimiento de la gobernabilidad global. Las condiciones que han conducido a la apertura en el comercio y la comunicación han creado enormes oportunidades para los delincuentes. Como resultado, el crimen organizado se ha diversificado, se ha vuelto global hasta alcanzar proporciones macro-económicas. Tan grave es la amenaza planteada por la delincuencia organizada que se ha destacado en la agenda del Consejo de Seguridad, el G8, y las organizaciones regionales.

 

Centroamérica está particularmente afectada, atrapada en el fuego cruzado entre los productores de coca (los países andinos) y los consumidores de cocaína (Europa y América del Norte). Hoy en día, unos 180 millones de toneladas de cocaína, proporcionando alrededor de 6 mil millones de dólares a los carteles regionales, transitan anualmente por Centroamérica y México.

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Lords of War : a threat to security and justice How the UN can disrupt the arm flows into Africa Address to the Security Council PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

New York, 19 March, 2010

 

 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In today's world, conflicts take place within rather than between nations , and are fought with light rather than heavy weapons.  Arms are acquired on the illicit market, estimated globally at $200-300m/y - namely, about 20% of the (licit and measurable) arms trade. Africa, the arms smugglers most profitable market, suffers the largest number of casualties because of it.  I am grateful to Gabon for placing this topic on the Council's agenda.

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Sinister Affairs and Noble Goals Can they be reconciled? PDF Print E-mail
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Lecture at Washington University, St. Louis, 16 March, 2010

 

Honourable Professors, Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

It is a pleasure to be here at Washington University in St. Louis. I have worked closely with (Ambassador? Professor? Inspector General?) I’m not sure Tom (Schweich, how I should refer to you) in Afghanistan, Mexico and Central America.  I will talk to you today about my job as Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) –an un-appealing business, so much that I’m often referred to as the Under-Secretary General of Sinister Affairs

 

You see …. -- in our work we have to cope with important weaknesses and a few elements of strength.  Liabilities have been (i) the low comparative specialization (of most staff), and (ii) the perennial search of minimum-common denominators (among the 192 UN member states).  An asset has been global advocacy power:  our megaphone speaks loud, if not always clear.

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