The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was formed in 1997 by the combination of the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. UNODC's international efforts contribute to ensuring equal access to justice and preventing violence, making the world safer from drugs and crime, promoting health and well-being, and expanding the knowledge base to make informed decisions about how to effectively advance human rights.
Organized crime is a network of highly centralized enterprises that exists entirely to engage in illegal activities. Such organizations commit crimes such as cargo theft, fraud, robbery, kidnapping for ransom, and demanding "protection" payments. A crime family is a unit of an organized crime syndicate, particularly in Italian organized crime and especially in the Sicilian Mafia and Italian-American Mafia, that often operates within a specific geographic territory or set of activities.
In our committee, as the member states’ delegates of the UNODC, what you all will be debating is going to be the prohibition of any kind of organized crime and crime family activities, mainly focusing on existing mafia groups and preventing the possibility of new crime organizations to occur.
Agenda Item: Battling crime families and organized crime
Under-Secretary-General: Zehra Reyyan Parmaksız
Academic Assistant: Baran Bozanoğlu