UN to Launch Campaign Against Illegal Trade

UN to Launch Campaign Against Illegal Trade

The United Nations’ tourism and crime agencies have plans to launch a joint public awareness campaign this spring with the aim to reduce demand for illegal goods and services that fund transnational organized crime, the Filipino BusinessWorld reports.

The World Tourism Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will seek support from the global tourism sector through the participation of hotel chains, travel agencies and airlines to spread the message that the demand for some products can have “devastating effects on the lives of innocent people, on wildlife or on cultural property,” the U.N. bodies explained in a written statement.

Tourists, now reaching more than 1 billion each year, must be aware of the types of illicit goods and services to “sever financial arteries that fuel these forms of illicit trade,” said Yury Fedotov, UNODC executive director.