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Russia/South Africa: draft resolution on combating transnational organized crime and its links to illicit trafficking in precious metals




Vienna: Russian Federation and South Africa: draft resolution: The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft resolution: Combating transnational organized crime and its links to illicit trafficking in precious metals
Alarmed at the growing involvement of organized criminal groups, as well as the substantial increase in the volume, rate of transnational occurrence and range of criminal offences related to illicit trafficking in precious metals,
Alarmed also at the potential use of illicit trafficking in precious metals as a source for funding organized crime and terrorism,
Recalling General Assembly resolution 66/181 of 19 December 2011, entitled “Strengthening the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity”, in which the Assembly reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto,
Stressing the need to promote universal adherence to and full implementation of the Organized Crime Convention and the Protocols thereto and other relevant international instruments, as well as the importance of additional cooperation between Member States and private sector entities, as appropriate, to counter transnational organized crime, as identified in various reports of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,
Convinced of the need to develop comprehensive, multifaceted and coherent strategies and measures, including both reactive and preventive measures, to counter such crime,
Emphasizing that all States have a shared responsibility to take steps to counter transnational organized crime, including through international cooperation and in cooperation with relevant entities such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,
Convinced of the importance of partnerships and synergies between Member States, civil society and the private sector, in particular in developing their respective strategies and measures,
Recalling the role of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in crime prevention and criminal justice responses to transnational organized crime and, in particular, illicit trafficking in precious metals, as well as the role of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute,
Recalling Economic and Social Council resolution 2012/19 of 26 July 2012, entitled “Strengthening international cooperation in combating transnational organized crime in all its forms and manifestations”, and Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 19/1 of 21 May 2010, entitled “Strengthening public-private partnerships to counter crime in all its forms and manifestations”, in which the importance of further developing public-private partnerships was stressed,
Taking into account the Salvador Declaration on Comprehensive Strategies for Global Challenges: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Systems and Their Development in a Changing World, in which Member States recognized the importance of strengthening public-private partnerships in preventing and countering crime in all its forms and manifestations,
Mindful of the links that may exist between illicit trafficking in precious metals, transnational organized crime and terrorism, as well as the need for further research and cooperation to address that issue,
1. Encourages Member States to take appropriate measures to prevent and combat transnational organized crime and its links to illicit trafficking in precious metals, including the adoption, where appropriate, of the necessary legislation for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of illicit trafficking in precious metals;
2. Calls upon Member States to fully utilize the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in combating transnational organized crime and its links to illicit trafficking in precious metals, in that regard calls upon Member States that have not done so to consider becoming parties to the Convention, and calls for the Convention’s full and effective implementation by States parties;
3. Requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to invite Member States and interested international organizations, including regional organizations, to share their experiences with other Member States and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the possible gaps and vulnerabilities faced in tackling transnational organized crime and, in particular, its links to illicit trafficking in precious metals;
4. Calls upon the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to conduct a comprehensive study on the links between transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking in precious metals;
5. Invites Member States and other donors to provide extrabudgetary resources for those purposes, in accordance with the rules and procedures of the United Nations;
6. Requests the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to report to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its twenty-fourth session on the implementation of the present resolution.