The UN Secretary-General’s report ‘Our Common Agenda’ sets out a number of noble objectives to address the major issues facing our planet today. Organized crime is a cross-cutting threat to the achievement of these objectives.

This paper has been prepared by the Global Initiative as an input to the work of the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB). It assesses the threat posed by transnational organized crime and the response of the international community to it, highlights the harms posed by organized crime and makes a number of recommendations to enhance multilateral responses to this global problem.