MASIF presents research on rising polycriminality along the cocaine route

MASIF participated in this year’s 24-hour Conference on Global Organised Crime, presenting its research on rising polycriminality along the cocaine route. While previously focused on the cocaine and heroin routes, increasing recognition of the convergence of different illicit flows has resulted in the European Commission broadening its approach through the Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP).…

CRIMJUST and AIRCOP side event on integrity in border management during CoSP

GIFP components CRIMJUST and AIRCOP organised a side event on integrity in border management during the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (CoSP). The side event took place on 16 December 2021 and was held in a hybrid format with in-person and online participation. The…

International Anti-Corruption Day 2021- GIFP overview of anti-corruption efforts

“Corruption is the ultimate betrayal of public trust”, stated António Guterres, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, as he was addressing the world on corruption in the context of the global health crisis of COVID-19. Since 2003, the UN has instituted the 9th of December as the International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of this…

AIRCOP holds its 7th Global Meeting- Special attention given to women in AIRCOP

AIRCOP held its 7th Global Meeting from 4 to 7 October 2021. More than 200 participants from over 40 countries, came together to discuss past successes and future challenges. The meeting highlighted AIRCOP’s achievements and results, with cocaine seizures, for example, amounting to more than 10 tons.     Regional and international communication, cooperation, and…

CRIMJUST and the UNODC launch the second issue of the series Cocaine Insights

While the first issue of the “Cocaine Insights” series focused on the trade of cocaine, the trends, and the evolving market, the second issue concentrates on the variety of cocaine products available. As cocaine presents an important health and security risk for Europe and globally, it is important to understand the ways coca is cultivated,…

CRIMJUST launches the first issue of the new “Cocaine Insights” publication series – The illicit trade of cocaine from Latin America to Europe: from oligopolies to free-for-all?

On 7 September 2021, CRIMJUST launched the first issue of a new publication series “Cocaine Insights” in an online event during which UNODC and EUROPOL presented the main findings. In the opening remarks, Ms Chloé Carpentier, from the UNODC’s Drug Research Section, noted that while the cultivation and production of cocaine is concentrated in Latin…

The Countering Firearms Trafficking project alerts on evolving trends during a webinar on new trends in firearms trafficking

As part of the business of organised crime groups (OCGs), firearms are a tool for criminal violence  enabling OCGs to leverage other forms of criminality, like gang violence, intimidation, or coercion. Apart from the violence and tension that a high number of firearms in a region creates representing a major human security concern, it also…

AIRCOP co-organises the First Inter-regional Workshop on Combatting Trafficking in Persons by Air

On the 1st and 2nd of September 2021, UNODC brought together 16 East African, Middle Eastern, and Gulf countries for an inter-regional workshop on combatting trafficking in persons by air. The first-of-its-kind inter-regional workshop, gathering 105 participants, 26% of them being women, aimed to spread awareness on and find solutions to challenges related to trafficking…

Double Anniversary: 20 years of the Firearms Protocol and the Programme of Action on small arms

The Firearms Protocol and the Programme of Action on small arms turn 20 this year. On the 26th of July 2021, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a joint high-level side event on the continued importance of the two instruments. Esteemed experts,…

The UNGASS 2021 and GIFP responses to corruption

Corruption is a major threat to stability and security worldwide. It undermines the functioning of public institutions and corrodes political processes, jeopardising economic growth and development. By reducing the overall potential revenue of a country, corruption hampers the ability of governments to adequately fund services such as health care, schools, transport, or the judiciary ultimately…