Italy and UNICRI “united for peace, justice and strong institutions”; an exhibition at UN Headquarters

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NEW YORK, MAY 28 – A new exhibition, United for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, will be displayed until the end of the month in the South Wall of the Conference Buildings (1st floor) of United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The exhibit organized by UNICRI, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, is centred around Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies, free from crime and violence. “Italy, proud to host UNICRI in Turin, strongly supports its key role in the fight against organized crime and terrorism”, Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, said at the opening.

Through images and videos United for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions offers different perspectives on some critical topics addressed by UNICRI such as artificial intelligence and robotics, counterfeiting, environmental crimes, hate speech and hate crime, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, illicit financial flows, the precious metals supply chain integrity, violent extremism, and the nexus between terrorism and organized crime. The exhibit offers a perspective on how to translate UNICRI’s principles – respect for human rights, dignity, the rule of law and development – into concrete actions.

The exhibit shows that the threats to peace and security in the twenty-first century are extensive and transnational in nature. These threats are closely interconnected: the combination of conflicts, organized crime, terrorism, illicit trafficking and the improper use of technological advances by criminal actors is affecting human rights, stability and development, generating a vicious cycle of vulnerabilities.

In our global society we observe the consequences of the butterfly effect: what occurs in one place reverberates in another. We live in an interconnected world that is exponentially subject to the effects of an unequal techno-financial revolution as well as to the de-territorialisation of citizenship and criminal syndicates.

The growing complexity of this changing landscape calls for a rethinking of approaches and strategies to address the threats to and vulnerabilities of the environmental, socio-economic and political settings of our global village.

Within the broad scope of its mandate, UNICRI develops and implements improved policies in the field of crime prevention and justice. Its mission is to advance justice and the rule of law in support of human rights, peace and sustainable development. UNICRI works in specialized niches and selected fields of crime prevention, justice, security governance, and risks and benefits of advances in technologies. UNICRI provides a vital foundation for policy and operations through its cutting-edge and independent specialised research, training and capacity-building programmes.(@OnuItalia)