The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime is honoured to address the Security Council today during the briefing on policing in the UN’s peacekeeping operations, alongside the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Alexander Zuev, and the heads of police components of three UN peacekeeping operations: Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa, UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Police Commissioner; Awale Abdounasir, UN Organization Stabilization Operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Police Commissioner; and Serge Therriault, UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) Police Commissioner. The briefing by UN Police Commissioners on UN peacekeeping operations focuses on three missions:

  • UNMISS and improving protection of civilians through gender-responsive policing;
  • MONUSCO on preventing and addressing serious and organizing crime;
  • Haiti and strengthening rule of law through police reform.

The Global Initiative briefing, delivered by Tuesday Reitano, our Deputy Director, has focused on how organized crime exacerbates conflict and how UN police components can be better equipped to address organized crime. Our statement is based on a policy brief which we have issued in September entitled “Organized crime and its role in contemporary conflict: An analysis of UN Security Council Resolutions”, which explores the references to organized crime in Security Council resolutions between 2000 and 2017. As set out in our institution, organized crime presents a huge threat to global policing and governance, thus requiring an inclusive global strategy to counter it. Therefore, we urge the UN Peacekeeping Operations to address the issue of organized crime more adequately.

We would like to thank Sweden, China and the Security Council for giving us this opportunity to support the important work of the Council and Peacekeeping Operations.

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Our statement is available below.

Global Initiative Briefing to the UN Security Council

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Tuesday Reitano

Tuesday Reitano is Deputy Director at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and a senior research advisor at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, where she leads the ENACT programme on behalf of the GI. Tuesday was formerly the director of CT MORSE, an independent policy and monitoring unit for the EU’s programmes in counter-terrorism, and for 12 years was a policy specialist in the UN System, including with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In this time, she has amassed a wealth of experience in fragile states and development working both with states, civil society and at the community level to strengthen resilience to transnational threats, promote sustainable development and the rule of law. Tuesday has authored a number of policy orientated and academic reports with leading institutions such as the UN, World Bank and OECD on topics ranging from organized crime’s evolution and impact in Africa, on human smuggling, illicit financial flows, and the nexus between crime, terrorism, security and development. Tuesday is the lead author of a forthcoming OECD flagship publication: Illicit Financial Flows: Criminal Economies in West Africa, co-author of Migrant, Refugee; Smuggler, Saviour, a book published in 2016 by Hurst on the role of smugglers in Europe’s migration crisis, and the editor of Militarised Responses to Organised Crime: War on Crime, published by Palgrave in 2017. She holds three Masters Degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA) and an MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development (MSc). Tuesday is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with her family.

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