The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is organizing two ancillary meetings to the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto, Japan, 7-12 March 2021), namely:
Towards international guidelines and a mechanism to combat illicit trade – Session 26
Time: Wednesday 10 March, 16.30-18.00 (Kyoto time) or 8.30-10.00 (CET)
Moderator: Jean-Francois Thony
Speakers: Filippo Musca; Tobias Freeman
This event will launch the Institute’s Preliminary Guidelines for Governments and Businesses against Illicit Trade, which have been developed by the Mechanism for Combating Illicit Trade project (M-CIT). The guidelines constitute building-blocks for new tools to counter illicit trade from a cross-sectoral perspective, to be refined and further developed in collaboration with countries, businesses and industry groups, civil society, academia and governance bodies. This session will present the guidelines and indicators for assessing the preparedness of countries and businesses to tackle illicit trade; among other topics, the guidelines cover anti-illicit trade leadership and coordination, containing the flow of illicit trade, disabling perpetrators and facilitators including on online platforms and the Dark Web, securing supply chains, and mitigating demand for illicitly-traded goods.
The session will also reflect on the potential for the future development of a prototype review mechanism to support countries and businesses in gauging where they stand in terms of policies, legal and regulatory frameworks and enforcement capabilities, and providing tailored technical assistance and advisory services to address gaps and limitations.
Mapping and mitigating the impact of illicit trade on achievement of the SDGs: Session 114
Co-organized with: the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT))
Time: Friday 12 March, 14.00-15.30 (Kyoto time) or 6.00-7.30 (CET)
Moderator: Jeffrey P. Hardy
Speakers: Graham Mott; Filippo Musca; Shane Britton
Research shows that illicit trade significantly compromises achievement of all the SDGs by crowding out legitimate economic activity, depriving governments of revenues for investment in vital public services, dislocating hundreds of thousands of legitimate jobs and causing irreversible damage to ecosystems and human lives. Of particular importance is the threat to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), with the links between illicit trade and organized crime are well established. Moreover, the current pandemic has placed pressure on government resources and obstacles to legal trade, creating further opportunities for illicit trading activities. UNCTAD and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) will discuss the role of illicit trade in inhibiting positive development outcomes and in particular, the implications for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Siracusa Institute will discuss its preliminary international guidelines for governments and businesses against illicit trade.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org