Organized crime and corrupt institutions could only be challenged if States displayed acollective will to do so, he said, calling for a redoubling of efforts to implement the Conventionagainst Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols, as well as the Convention againstCorruption. He also welcomed the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons thatwas adopted by the General Assembly on 30 July 2010 and the United Nations Voluntary TrustFund for Victims of Trafficking, which is to be launched in New York next month.The global challenges the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
addressed were all “crucial concerns’ and among the priorities set out
by the Secretary-Generalin his strategic framework for 2010-
2011, yet the General Assembly allocated “less than one
cent” of the regular budget of the United Nations to the Office, Mr. Fedotov said.
threats to development and security that we are tackling are so urgent, then surely UNODC
requires a large share of the United Nations regular budget,” he added, as he appealed for afunding model that would be “sustainable, predictable and stable”.
Delegations from 31 Member States took the
opportunity to speak during today’s general
discussion, with corruption, drug trafficking and human trafficking among the issues raised intheir remarks.The representative of Afghanistan, whose country is identified as a leading source of opium, said narcotics were an international problem that needed to be addressed throughinternational and regional efforts. The Government of Afghanistan was committed to fightingdrugs, and it had done much in past years, but had much left to accomplish, and becauseproduction of drugs was linked to terrorism and extremist activities, the two issues needed to betackled in tandem, he said.The representative of Mexico called on all Governments to redouble their efforts in acollective struggle against drug trafficking, with comprehensive strategies aimed at reducing thesupply and consumption of illicit drugs and addressing related crimes, such as money-launderingand arms trafficking. Mexico would be presenting an omnibus draft resolution on the issueduring the current General Assembly session, he added.Cybercrime was mentioned by some delegations, with the representative of the Republicof Korea citing the use of social networking tools for a variety of crimes, including sexual