UNODC’s Global Awareness Campaign for Transnational Organized Crime

Posted on 13 August 2012 by

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We don’t normally print press releases, and it’s not that we’re being, you know, lazy, but we thought this was important: The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) has announced that UNODC has a new global awareness campaign against Transnational Organized Crime.

Earlier this month the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a new global awareness-raising campaign and video to highlight the staggering size and scope of transnational organized crime (TOC). Generating $870 billion annually (an equivalent to six times the budget for official development assistance), TOC comprises an assortment of crimes, including environmental crime, illegal arms, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, illicit drugs and counterfeiting among others.

The campaign, which aims to bring attention to both the social and monetary costs of TOC, includes a new video spot and a website. Various specific crimes are also accompanied by fact sheets.

There are fact sheets, maps and infographics and some very interesting information on counterfeit products which will be of use to analysts and officers looking at this problem.

Are we worried about metrics? Absolutely. Where they get the $870bn number is a little murky. But again, metrics are needed, and this site has some, so let’s look, shall we?