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High-Level Conference on "Addressing Organized Crime through Strategic Partnerships"

Category
Event
Venue
Hofburg, Vienna and online (via Zoom)
Date(s)
Subject
Organised crime

Description

The conference will provide the OSCE participating States and the OSCE Partners for Co-operation with relevant information and updates on the latest developments and trends in the fight against transnational organized crime. It will serve as an opportunity to illustrate past and ongoing activities as well as outcomes and best practices across the OSCE region, including a focus on the Mediterranean region. In addition, it will highlight different approaches undertaken by other international organizations, think tanks and the private sector.

Summary

Organized crime, such as drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants, trafficking of small arms and light weapons, money laundering and cyber-enabled crime continues to represent one of the most serious transnational threats to security and stability across the OSCE and the Mediterranean regions. Over the years, criminal networks have become increasingly structured, and are not only drivers of illicit activities endangering state security, stability and economic growth, but also significant economic players, successfully countered only through a comprehensive approach by criminal justice institutions. Considering the magnitude and impact of such destabilizing phenomena, even further enhanced by the coronavirus pandemic, the OSCE, as the largest regional security organization is committed to foster transnational co-operation and capacity-building initiatives within its region, jointly with Partners and other states.

The conference will include four panels. The first will include a comprehensive assessment of the threat organized crime poses within the OSCE and its responses. The second panel of experts and Heads of Delegation will discuss what more can be done by OSCE pS and Mediterranean Partners to counter organized crime and illicit finance. The discussion will focus on tools and measures that can effectively tackle organized crime such as tracing illicit financial flows, assets seizure and confiscation. The third panel will illustrate the importance of establishing and promoting partnerships among different stakeholders: national institutions, civil society organizations and private sector. The fourth panel will explore to what extent and in what types of cyber-enabled crimes organized criminal groups are engaging. It will also assess the impacts of COVID-19 in this area. Furthermore, it will examine the criminal use of Dark web and cryptocurrencies, as well as national and transnational approaches to counter this threat.