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A/RES/49/159


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

23 December 1994

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                                              A/RES/49/159
                                              94th plenary meeting
                                              23 December 1994
 
      49/159. Naples Political Declaration and Global Action Plan against
              Organized Transnational Crime
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Alarmed by the rapid growth and geographical extension of organized
crime in its various forms, both nationally and internationally, undermining
the development process, impairing the quality of life and threatening human
rights and fundamental freedoms,
 
      Recognizing that the growing threat of organized crime, with its highly
destabilizing and corrupting influence on fundamental social, economic and
political institutions, represents a challenge demanding increased and more
effective international cooperation,
 
      Recalling General Assembly resolutions 44/71 of 8 December 1989, 45/121
and 45/123 of 14 December 1990, 47/87 of 16 December 1992 and 48/103 of 20
December 1993 and Economic and Social Council resolutions 1992/22 and 1992/23
of 30 July 1992 and 1993/29 and 1993/30 of 27 July 1993, and taking note of
Council resolutions 1994/12 and 1994/13 of 25 July 1994,
 
      Recalling in particular its resolution 46/152, in which it approved the
statement of principles and programme of action on the creation of an
effective United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme,
contained in the annex to that resolution,
 
      Acknowledging with appreciation the work of the World Ministerial
Conference on Organized Transnational Crime, held at Naples, Italy, from 21 to
23 November 1994,
 
      Acknowledging with appreciation also the work of the International
Conference on Preventing and Controlling Money Laundering and the Use of the
Proceeds of Crime:  A Global Approach, held at Courmayeur, Italy, from 18 to
20 June 1994, organized by the International Scientific and Professional
Advisory Council of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice
programme and the Government of Italy, under the auspices of the Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch of the Secretariat,
 
      Noting regional initiatives in this field, such as the Conference on
Drugs and Organized Crime, between the countries of the European Union and the
countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as reflected in the Berlin
Declaration of 8 September 1994, the fifteenth summit of Central American
Presidents, held at Guacimo, Limon, Costa Rica, from 18 to 20 August 1994, the
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Convention on Narcotic Drugs
and Psychotropic Substances, as well as the Declaration of the sixteenth
plenary session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the
Organization of American States, held at Santiago in October 1994,
 
      Recognizing that organized transnational crime is a major concern of all
countries and that it calls for a concerted response from the international
community,
 
      Emphasizing the need for strengthened and improved international
cooperation at all levels and for more effective technical cooperation to
assist States in their fight against organized transnational crime,
 
      1.    Expresses its appreciation to the Government of Italy for acting
as host to the World Ministerial Conference on Organized Transnational Crime;
 
      2.    Takes note with appreciation of the conclusions and
recommendations of the Conference;
 
      3.    Approves the Naples Political Declaration and Global Action Plan
against Organized Transnational Crime, and urges States to implement them as a
matter of urgency;
 
      4.    Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the Naples Political
Declaration and Global Action Plan against Organized Transnational Crime to
the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice for appropriate
action, while recommending a higher level of priority for the United Nations
crime prevention and criminal justice programme within the framework of the
United Nations;
 
      5.    Urges all entities of the United Nations system, including the
regional commissions and the specialized agencies, and the relevant
intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations to extend to the United
Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme their full support in
the fulfilment of its tasks;
 
      6.    Invites Governments to contribute to the United Nations Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund in order to enable the programme to
respond to the most urgent needs of States in the field of the prevention and
control of organized transnational crime;
 
      7.    Resolves to take decisions at its fiftieth session on the
allocation of adequate resources to the Untied Nations crime prevention and
criminal justice programme on the basis of proposals for the modification of
the programme to be submitted by the Secretary-General, taking into account
the responsibilities entrusted to the Untied Nations pursuant to the Naples
Political Declaration and Global Action Plan against Organized Transnational
Crime;
 
      8.    Requests the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
to keep the implementation of the Naples Political Declaration and Global
Action Plan against Organized Transnational Crime under regular review;
 
      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly
at its fiftieth session on the implementation of the present resolution.