Transnational organized crime is recognized as threatening democratic stability, socioeconomic development and regional peace

Transnational organized crime is recognized as threatening democratic stability, socioeconomic development and regional peace
Transnational organized crime is recognized as threatening democratic stability, socioeconomic development and regional peace
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Asuncion, IP Agency.- The heads of state of Mercosur and Bolivia issued a presidential declaration to combat Transnational Organized Crime (TOC), following the 64th Summit that concluded this Monday in Asunción. These are the points declared in this regard.

RECOGNIZE that the growing development of transnational organised crime is a threat, with consequences not only for the security of the countries in the region, but also for democratic stability, socio-economic development and regional peace.

CONSCIOUS that the activity of criminal organizations in penitentiary centers has repercussions on citizens and constitutes a challenge for security that deserves to have tools appropriate to this problem.

DEMONSTRATE the urgency of joining forces with a view to integrating related regional policies on security, which relate to the identification of threats, risks and vulnerabilities, prevention and combating the different forms of transnational organized crime, such as illicit trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances, the manufacture and illicit trafficking of weapons, ammunition, explosives and related materials, human trafficking, migrant trafficking, corruption and economic and financial crimes and terrorism, among others.

UNDERLINE the challenge posed by crimes affecting the environment, in particular the illicit trafficking of flora and fauna, timber, hazardous waste, precious metals and minerals, and deforestation, as well as their connections with other forms of crime. Faced with this challenge, they recognise the need to strengthen international cooperation and global regulatory frameworks on the subject.

THEY COINCIDE that transnational organized crime constitutes a global problem that must be addressed in a decisive, joint, coordinated and uninterrupted manner among the States Parties and Associated States. To this end, specific actions must be agreed upon and implemented in the area of ​​regional security, aimed at dismantling, discouraging and thereby significantly reducing crime, damage to life and insecurity among citizens.

HIGHLIGHTS the need to exchange information and experiences in a safe and timely manner, aimed at developing regional research, studies and operational and strategic diagnoses on the situation of transnational organized crime, the threats it generates and the negative impact of these on the different areas of development, as well as on security and citizen coexistence.

AGREE generate and implement security strategies for common development, in accordance with new challenges, through simultaneous, coordinated and/or complementary actions, in order to reduce the negative impact that crime generates on citizens; under the regional premise that Security and Development constitute fundamental pillars to achieve the general well-being of our peoples.

THEY AGREE the importance of ongoing coordination in the fight against transnational organized crime between States Parties and Associated States, in addition to the development of coordinated strategies between security agencies with a view to planning, executing and evaluating operational and strategic actions.

HIGHLIGHTS the importance of States Parties and Associated States designing and implementing communication campaigns aimed at MERCOSUR citizens, which allow them to raise awareness and visibility regarding the problem of transnational organized crime, its negative impact on society, and especially on vulnerable populations, promoting collaboration mechanisms between the different government institutions, civil society, the private sector and academia.

The Presidents of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; of the Republic of Paraguay, Santiago Peña; of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic, Diana Mondino; the States Parties of MERCOSUR, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Luis Arce Catacora and the High Authorities of the Associated States, who met in Asunción until Monday, made the statements.

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