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«Criminal elements are increasingly fuelling wars by providing belligerents with the resources to finance their expensive military activities. They undermine the rule of law and threaten human security. Past conflicts have clearly shown that conflicts that are not fed by criminal profits tend to end sooner. In these situations, UN police work with host state police to build capacity and enhance their ability to combat serious and organised crime. Organised crime is a complex phenomenon that not only requires cooperation across all components of a peacekeeping mission, but also cooperation with other partners.»

Alain Le Roy
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

Transnational crime

As part of its mandate to create stable and secure environments UN Police are working with international policing and law enforcement experts to find ways to prevent, disrupt and dismantle organized crime in post-conflict situations. UN Police assist domestic law enforcement authorities to establish mechanisms to deal with organized criminal activities, including drug production and trafficking, human trafficking, exploitation of natural resources and weapons trafficking.

A UN Police officer walking towards a group of people with their hands up against a wall.

UNPOL and PNTL carried out a special operation aiming at targerting illigal immigrants, human trafficking, drugs in two Dili night bars. Photo UNMIT/Martine Perret

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has learned that weakened states are often undermined by organized crime, and it is therefore a priority for the UN to address this issue in partnership with host-nation police services, United Nations Member States and international organizations.

The United Nations Police Division works closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), regional groups such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and Member States to design effective and sustainable strategies that will help to better protect transitional societies from this scourge.