Welcome to my corner on the web. In this space I share with you some of my thoughts and experiences working with important issues such as organized crime, the threat posed by it to many nations, money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as the many people (good and bad people) affected by them.
Join me on my journey, and witness with me the challenges and hopes of confronting "uncivil society" in order to promote security and justice for all.
In this issue I discuss three topics:
1. Modern slavery and how to fight it
2. Drug trafficking into and through West Africa, and its dramatic consequences
3. The threat posed by mafia to development and stability
Antonio Maria Costa
Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2002-2010)
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|Into The Lion's Den|
Posted: 10 January 2008
On 7 December I made a speech to a rather unusual audience - the Drug Policy Alliance, most of whom are in favour of legalizing drugs. It was a rather raucous affair with a few boos but more applause than expected. Have a look:
|Disrupt criminal markets, not just the mafias High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on transnational organized crime|
New York, 17 June 2010
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the past quarter century, organized crime has gone global. It has reached macro-economic and armed dimensions to become a threat to the stability of nations. The report on The Globalization of Crime issued today by my office (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) provides the first comprehensive assessment of global crime markets: drugs, arms, modern slaves, illicit resources, counterfeits, as well as maritime piracy and cyber-crime.
The threat is not just economic. The threat is strategic, as criminals today can influence elections, politicians and the military – in one word, they buy power.
Some governments are unable to resist, as they lack the resourcess. Some others would be able to contain the problem, but show a benign neglect -- and I have in mind some rich nations.