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8 October 2018


Combatting Transnational Organized Crime on UNODC's agenda next week

Media are invited to attend the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) in Vienna from 15 - 19 October 2018.

VIENNA, 8 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 opening session will be addressed by Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, President of the Republic of Panama, among others.

The ninth session of UNTOC COP discusses the strategies needed to counter crime based on the Convention. Participants of the meeting will review the implementation of the UNTOC and its Protocols on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and illicit trafficking in firearms, as well on international cooperation in criminal matters and new and emerging crimes.

During the conference, nearly 40 side events will examine a range of topics, including a production titled 'Lawfulness on stage: a theatre play on responses to organized crime'; high-level side events on illicit firearms and gangs in Central America; and on Preventing, Suppressing and Prosecuting Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in Eastern Africa.

There will be numerous exhibitions covering themes from terrorism prevention to trafficking in persons, anti-corruption and wildlife crime, and many more.

Media accreditation

Media representatives who wish to attend the opening of the Conference and side events, and who are not accredited to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), should contact

Access to the M-building is via Gate 1 of the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

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

For the programme of the conference and side events go to:

Follow the event on social media via Hashtags #COP9 #UNTOC #15yearsUNTOC

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For further information please contact:

Sonya Yee
Speechwriter and Spokesperson, UNODC
Phone: (+43 1) 26060-4990
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4990
Email: sonya.yee[at]


Helene Spitzer
Public Information Officer, UNODC
Phone: (+43 1) 26060-83091
Email: helene.spitzer[at]


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