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    9 June 2010

    UNODC to Launch First-ever Organized Crime Report

    VIENNA, 9 June (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will launch a report on The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment in New York on 17 June.

    This threat assessment of transnational organized crime looks at major trafficking flows, including drugs (cocaine and heroin), firearms, people trafficked for sex or forced labour, natural resources, counterfeit products as well as maritime piracy and cybercrime.

    The Report features a number of high-impact maps and charts that illustrate illicit flows and their markets. "The Report shows that illicit trade involves all major nations: the G8 and BRIC countries alike, as well as regional powers," says UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. "It shows how the criminal market spans the planet, and has turned into a security threat," says the head of UNODC.

    The launch will take place from 13:00 - 15:00 at:

    The Council on Foreign Relations
    Harold Pratt House
    58 East 68th Street in New York

    The launch will be hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations' programme on International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG). Opening remarks will be provided by Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of IIGG. The Report will be presented by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. Comments will be given by Cherif Bassiouni, President of the Instituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali, to be followed by an open discussion.

    Participation is limited so early registration is advised.

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    For further information and interview requests, please contact:

    Walter Kemp
    Spokesman, UNODC,
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5629

    For registration, please contact:

    Shashi Kara
    Programme Management Officer, UNODC NY
    Telephone: (+1-212) 963-7227
    Mobile: (+1-646) 239-0909