25 episodes

The UN and Organized Crime Podcast is a series from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

As multilateralism itself comes under intense pressure, and as existing responses to transnational organized crime continue to fail, we’ll analyse the UN responses to the issue with some of the world’s leading experts as we try to unpack diplomatic discussions, policy developments and programme implementation.

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The UN and Organized Crime Podcast is a series from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

As multilateralism itself comes under intense pressure, and as existing responses to transnational organized crime continue to fail, we’ll analyse the UN responses to the issue with some of the world’s leading experts as we try to unpack diplomatic discussions, policy developments and programme implementation.

    Regional Approaches to Tackling Cybercrime - views from South East Asia

    Regional Approaches to Tackling Cybercrime - views from South East Asia

    This second podcast episode on cybercrime and critical technologies in South East Asia starts to explore what the possible regional and indeed global responses might be to tackling these entrenched and growing threats.  With the support of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our partner, Lydekker, the GI-TOC has been exploring the specific vulnerabilities and challenges of these trends in South East Asia and exploring, with an expert multistakeholder group what best practises might exist in order to combat them. 
    Louise talks to Helena Huang and Horest Au-Yeung, two regional experts, to hear their perspectives on the responses that their respective organisations are seeing, supporting and delivering.   
    Presenter: Louise Taylor, Asia-Pacific Representative, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    Helena Huang Yixin, Associate Research Fellow, S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
    Horest Au-Yeung, Coordinator of Asia & South Pacific Desk, Cybercrime, INTERPOL
    Additional Reading
    A dream deferred or a near miss? UN committee postpones decision on cybercrime convention
    Cyber Convention Check-in

    • 17 min
    Cybercrime in South East Asia: views from the region

    Cybercrime in South East Asia: views from the region

    This episode explores the challenges that cybercrime and the exploitation of critical technologies pose in Indonesia and the Philippines and the broader South East Asia region. With the support of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our partner, Lydekker, the GI-TOC has been engaging across the region to understand the specific vulnerabilities and challenges that these growing threats pose to the populations and governments in South East Asia. Louise talks to Giselle Hernandez and Tio Syamsuri, two regional experts, to hear their perspectives on the challenges faced by their respective countries, and whether these threats pose a broader and more global threat.
    Presenter: Louise Taylor, Asia-Pacific Representative, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    Giselle Hernandez, State Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor General of the Philippines (presenting in her personal capacity)
    Praswistiadi (Tio) Syamsuri, Senior Expert on Financial Inclusion, RISE Indonesia.
    Additional Reading
    A dream deferred or a near miss? UN committee postpones decision on cybercrime convention
    Cyber Convention Check-in

    • 14 min
    Where next for the cybercrime convention?

    Where next for the cybercrime convention?

    This episode reflects on what was supposed to be the concluding session of the UN’s ad Hoc committee that had been set up to negotiate a new convention on cybercrime. Following seven negotiating sessions over two years, each lasting two weeks and costing almost a million dollars each for the UN, member states have not come to agreement on what the convention should do, or even what it should be called. Ian talks to Summer Walker and Ana Paula Oliveira, who represented GI-TOC at the 7th AHC in January and February, to get their take on what happened, hear their insights they drew from being in the room, and talk about what happens next.
    Presenter: Ian Tennant, Director of Multilateral Engagement, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    Summer Walker, Head of Multilateral Affairs, NY, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Ana Paula Oliveira, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Additional Reading
    A dream deferred or a near miss? UN committee postpones decision on cybercrime convention
    Cyber Convention Check-in

    • 15 min
    Gang violence and the human rights and security crisis in Haiti

    Gang violence and the human rights and security crisis in Haiti

    In this episode, Ian talks to William O'Neill, the UN's designated expert on the human rights situation in Haiti. In the context of the escalating and untrammelled gang violence in Haiti, and the unprecedented security and human rights crisis, O'Neill explains how the multilateral system is responding. How will the multinational police mission led by Kenya work? What are the human rights priorities? And what effect with targeted sanctions have?
    Presenter:
    Ian Tennant, Head of Vienna Multilateral Representation & Resilience Fund, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    William O'Neill, the United Nations designated expert on the human rights situation in Haiti.
    Additional Links
    Illicit economies and the UN Security Council
    Haiti Country Profile
    (GI Paper) Gangs of Haiti: Expansion, power and an escalating crisis
    (GI paper) Gang control and security vacuums: Assessing gender-based violence in Cité Soleil, Haiti
    (GI Blog) New sanctions target Haiti gangsters
    Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    The Global Organized Crime Index

    • 13 min
    GI-TOC - ECOSOC: Getting official status at the UN

    GI-TOC - ECOSOC: Getting official status at the UN

    This episode explores how 'ECOSOC consultative status' enables NGOs to engage on policy issues at the UN, and how GI-TOC finally gained its accreditation earlier this year. The episode also discusses the challenges NGOs face in gaining this status, and in more generally engaging in multilateral settings.
    Presenter(s):
    Ian Tennant, Head of Vienna Multilateral Representation & Resilience Fund, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Maithili Pai, UN Advocate, International Service for Human Rights
    Additional Links
    Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    The Global Organized Crime Index

    • 31 min
    The UN Cybercrime Treaty: A threat to press freedom?

    The UN Cybercrime Treaty: A threat to press freedom?

    In this episode, Ian Tennant talks to Amy Brouillette of the International Press Institute to discuss the risks that the treaty negotiation poses to freedom of the media.
    This is one of many risks and challenges that remain to be resolved as delegates await a final draft treaty to discuss at the concluding session in early 2024.
    Presenter(s):
    Ian Tennant, Head of Vienna Multilateral Representation & Resilience Fund, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Guests:
    Amy Brouillette, Director of Advocacy, International Press Institute (IPI)
    Additional Links
    Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    The Global Organized Crime Index
    UN Cybercrime Treaty: Summary of the GI-TOC's key positions

    • 15 min

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