UNODC has launched its 'Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime'.

The Global Programme will deliver assistance on a regional and national basis to support law enforcement responses, put in place appropriate legislation to address this crime, strengthen investigative, prosecutorial and judiciary capacities, as well as combat the related issues of money laundering and corruption.

Engaging a variety of stakeholders, the Programme will also help strengthen WLFC data collection and analysis, support livelihoods, and raise awareness on the negative impact of this crime in order to reduce the global demand for illicit wild fauna and flora.

"The Global Programme highlights a serious and growing problem and one which UNODC is in a unique position to help fight. By working in a coordinated, global manner that allows us to complement existing initiatives by our partners, I am confident that we can help contribute to real change at both the supply and demand side," commented UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

UNODC will deliver the Global Programme in close cooperation with governments, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime, and other relevant intergovernmental and civil society organizations.

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Friday 06 Jun 2014