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Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly addresses event to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC)
13 Nov 2020 -  Mr. Secretary-General,


Distinguished delegates,

Twenty years ago, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). Today, 190 Member States, almost all the General Assembly’s Members, are party to the Convention.

The Convention, is our main instrument, in the fight against transnational organized crime. It facilitates and strengthens cross-border cooperation, to prevent this crime.

It helps to bring criminals to justice, protect people and uphold the rule of law.

The three supplementary Protocols to UNTOC that focus on
- the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons,
- Smuggling of Migrants and
- the Illicit Manufacturing of, and Trafficking in Firearms,
encourage action, to combat specific global threats posed by organized criminal groups, in addition to, more traditional forms of organized crime.

Besides traditional threats, the Convention can also support efforts, to address new and evolving challenges, such as environmental crimes. It can also be employed, to counter trafficking in falsified medical products, and therefore help to safeguard communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the most vulnerable.

With this potential in mind, I would like to warmly welcome, the successful conduct in October, of the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC, and the efforts, to promote the implementation of the Convention. I also encourage, the mainstreaming of the gender perspective, into efforts to prevent transnational organized crime.

As acknowledged by SDG16, without peace, justice and strong institutions, and concerted global action to combat transnational organized crime, progress on sustainable development, will be hindered and delayed.

Therefore, let me conclude, by calling for continued and strengthened collaboration, within the framework of the Convention and its Protocols, and for parties to facilitate international cooperation in criminal matters, to exchange views and experiences and to enable technical assistance.

Thank you.
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