Who we are
What is the Global Initiative?
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Geneva, The Global Initiative comprises a network of over 370 independent global and regional experts working on human rights, democracy, governance, and development issues where organized crime has become increasingly pertinent.
The Global Initiative provides a platform to promote greater debate and innovative approaches as the building blocks to an inclusive global strategy against organized crime. It commissions and shares research globally; curates a robust resource library of 2,000 reports and tools specific to organized crime; and uses its tremendous convening power to unite both the private and public sectors against organized crime.
Through a range of channels, the Global Initiative seeks to project the expertise of its Network members outwards and to make it available to a broader range of stakeholders, including through developing the evidence basis for policymaking; convening and facilitating multi-sectoral dialogue; and developing tools and programmes necessary to further the development of effective responses.
Catalyzing the Building Blocks of a Global Strategy
The Global Initiative was born from a series of high-level, off the record discussions between mainly (though not exclusively) law enforcement officials from both developed and developing countries, hosted by the International Peace Institute in New York in 2011-12. At these meetings, the founding members of the Global Initiative, many of whom stand at the front line of the fight against organized crime, illicit trafficking and trade, concluded that the problem and its impacts are not well analyzed; they are not systematically integrated into national plans or strategies; existing multilateral tools are not structured to facilitate a response and existing forms of cooperation tend to be bilateral, slow and restricted to a limited number of like-minded states.
The result was a decision to create a new initiative: the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, which would seek to provide a platform to promote greater debate and innovative approaches as the building blocks to an inclusive global strategy against organized crime.
Launched formally in New York in September 2013, the Global Initiative is now registered as an international civil society organisation, has offices in Geneva, Vienna, Cape Town, Malta, a core Secretariat and a high-level advisory board.