Event Details

11 Mar


11 Mar 2021 - 12 Mar 2021

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The events will be available to stream live for registered Congress participants (they will not be live streamed to the general public). We will post these recordings on this page following the events.

#AssassinationsWitness: monitoring assassinations and bearing witness to the victims of organized crime

Thursday 11th March, 9:00 -10:30 JST (1am – 2:30am CET)

The Global Illicit Economy: trajectories of organized crime

Thursday 11th March, 14:00 – 15:30 JST (6am – 07:30am CET)

Resilience Fund: Supporting Community Responses to Organized Crime

Friday 12th March, 11:30 – 13:00 JST (3:30am – 5:00am CET)

The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a forum for exchange between states and civil society on crime prevention and criminal justice issues. To contribute to the discussions at the 14th Congress in March, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has organized a range of ancillary events to highlight our latest research, campaigns and programmes. These events will feature the voices of experts, activists and officials as they explore the challenges and threats facing communities due to organized crime, and articulate ways that local, national and international strategies against organized crime can be improved.

The events will feature a mixture of live discussion and pre-recorded interventions and will be available to stream live for registered Congress participants (they will not be live streamed to the general public). We will post these recordings on this page following the events.

Our events are listed on the official Congress events page (search: ‘Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime’).

Event: #AssassinationWitness: Monitoring assassinations and bearing witness to the victims of organized crime (session #166).

Date: 11 March 2021

Time: 09:00 – 10:30 – Japanese Standard Time (1am – 2:30am CET)

Moderated by Ana Paula Oliveira, GI-TOC analyst.

Featuring Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council; GI-TOC experts and contributions from those affected directly by assassinations.

Organized crime is indiscriminate in who it targets. Not only are conflicts between, and within, criminal groups often settled with violence, but such violence also regularly claims the lives of innocent people – those caught in the crossfire between rival criminal groups or between criminals and the authorities. There is also a very large number of citizens who are deliberately targeted because they have chosen to take a stand against organized crime or because it is their job to investigate and work towards ending it. In the years the GI-TOC has spent documenting and researching the criminal ecosystem, we have seen that, increasingly, criminal groups around the world are targeting those who confront and challenge the power, authority and local legitimacy of criminal interests the world over. Assassinations are used by organized crime as a method of coercion, control and exercise of their power and interest. This event will present to the Congress the preview of the GI-TOC’s forthcoming Global Monitor of Assassinations, the stories of those who have been killed by organized crime and a GI-TOC campaign that raises awareness of these assassinations to the international community.

Event: The global illicit economy: Trajectories of organized crime (session #46).

Date:  11 March 2021

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 – Japanese Standard Time (6am – 7:30am CET)

Moderated by journalist Lindy Mtongana.

Featuring contributions from the report’s authors, civil society experts and GI-TOC leadership.

This event will launch the report ‘The global illicit economy: Trajectories of organized crime’. Developed in part through consultations with our 500+ expert network, the report discusses both key trends within organized crime and broader geopolitical trends that affect how organized crime groups operate. For example, the report addresses how new forms of technology are dramatically reshaping traditional illegal markets and how the impacts of climate change may affect illicit activity. In addition, the report critically considers trends in and efficacy of international and institutional responses to organized crime, including the role of communities and civil society groups in holding actors to account.

Event: The Resilience Fund: Supporting community responses to organized crime (session #40).

Date: 12 March 2021

Time: 11:30 – 13:00 – Japanese Standard Time (3:30am – 5am CET)

Moderated by Siria Gastélum Félix, Resilience Fund director.

Featuring a range of beneficiaries and partners of the Resilience Fund.

Under its official agenda items, the Congress will be discussing crime prevention, social and economic development, and how to make societies resilient to crime. The GI-TOC has been developing innovative field programmes to address these issues, notably through the Resilience Fund. Launched in 2019 by the GI-TOC and generously supported by the Government of Norway, the Resilience Fund complements and builds on the GI-TOC’s ongoing work in incubating resilience in communities harmed or threatened by criminal governance. Through the Fund, the GI-TOC identifies and empowers key civil society actors and builds their operational capacity with the aim of creating networks of resilient communities against organized crime and violence. The session will assess how the Fund has so far benefitted the communities it supports through first-hand accounts from a diverse selection of individuals and groups that are part of the Fund. The Fund supports projects across the world, with the beneficiaries consisting of counter-crime advocates, independent investigative journalists and community resilience initiatives. The session will provide a grassroots perspective on community and civil society responses to organized crime, which will be vital as key policymakers and influencers gather in Kyoto for the Congress.

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