23 Oct 2012

Transnational crime fighting opportunity lost

6:35 am on 23 October 2012

A United Nations agency said on Monday that an opportunity to improve the fight against cross-border organised crime has been lost.

Disagreement over funding prevented a deal on increasing the effectiveness of the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, which has so far been ratified by 172 nations.

In a statement issued in Vienna, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime said member states appear wary of taking on new obligations in a period of austerity.

If the proposal had been adopted, countries would have been reviewed to see how they were meeting their obligations under the convention.