With UNODC as the focal point, four multi-agency task forces were established under the auspices of CEB to identify and elaborate:

  • links between ongoing conflicts and organized crime (UNODC, UNICEF, UNDPA, UNDP, DPKO, WFP, OCHA and UNRWA);
  • collaborative interventions to counter trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of migrants, including responses to the vulnerability of trafficking victims to HIV/AIDS (IOM, UNHCHR, UNHCR, ILO, UNODC and UNICEF);
  • the involvement of organized crime in trafficking in a variety of illicit commodities and the UN system’s response (UNODC, UNEP, UNDDA, UPU, UNDPA, UNESCO, IMO, ICAO, IAEA, ICPO/ Interpol, OPCW and CITES);
  • and HIV/AIDS in prisons (UNODC, UNAIDS and WHO).

Each of these task teams has produced a detailed report, from which a joint programme of activities to counter transnational crime has been developed. With the completion of the initial phase of raising awareness and building links among UN system organizations, the focus of the process has shifted towards joint programming.

Eight specific areas for joint action by the UN system have been identified: implementation of relevant international legal instruments; system-wide information collection, analysis and reporting; development of preventive approaches within the UN system; joint activities and projects; enhanced cooperation with identified external agencies; inclusion in UN country level interventions; promotion of best practices; and raising awareness of the UN system’s response.