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    UNIS/MA/149
    14 October 2016

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Experts gather in Vienna to promote global cooperation against transnational organized crime

    Media invited to attend the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) from 17-21 October 2016

    VIENNA, 14 October (UN Information Service) - Around 800 government representatives, crime experts and civil society partners will meet next week in Vienna to discuss the global challenges of transnational organized crime.

    The eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) promotes the strategies needed to counter crime based on the Convention and its three protocols on human and firearms trafficking and migrant smuggling. 

    Speaking about the meeting, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said, "The Doha Declaration and agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set the benchmarks for preventing crime from destabilizing vulnerable societies. Now, with the eighth session, we can advance the vital work of helping countries globally to tackle drugs, crime, terrorism and corruption."

    During the conference, nearly 30 side events will examine a range of transnational challenges including human trafficking, wildlife crime, arms trafficking, terrorism, gender perspectives on transnational organized crime and corruption, among many others.  

    The Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress in Qatar in 2015, articulates a global commitment to crime prevention and criminal justice. The 2030 Agenda is the transformative plan of action that has at its heart the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice.

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    For media accreditation:

    Media representatives wishing to attend the Opening of the Conference and side events, and who are not accredited to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), should contact press@unvienna.org.

    Access to the M-building is via Checkpoint One of the VIC.

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    For additional information about the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime go to:

    http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CTOC/CTOC-COP-session8.html

    For the programme of the conference and side events go to: https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNTOC/COP/Session_8/Programme/COP8_programme_A4_ebook.pdf

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    For further information please contact:

    Anne Thomas
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5588
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5588
    Email: anne.thomas[at]unvienna.org

     or

    David Dadge
    Spokesperson, UNODC
    Phone: (+43 1) 26060-5629
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629
    Email: david.dadge[at]unvienna.org