|Statement by Mr. AO Shan of the Chinese Delegation at the Third Committee of the 67th Session of the General Assembly|
China wishes to thank the Secretary General for the reports submitted under agenda items relating to crime prevention and criminal justice, drug control. At the same time, we would like to express our appreciation to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the technical assistance and related research carried out over the past year.
Transnational crime continues to present a daunting challenge to the international community. The ever more rampant criminal activities of production and trafficking of illicit drugs, trafficking in persons, money laundering, terrorism, cyber espionage and cyber attacks have now become more interconnected. They have caused severe disruption to the economic development and social order of countries affected and posed a serious challenge to the peace and development of certain regions.
Therefore, to strengthen international cooperation is at once a common need and shared responsibility of the international community in the fight against transnational organized crimes. Countries must, on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit, demonstrate political will and take concrete steps to improve mechanisms for international cooperation. In so doing, special attention must be given to the concerns of the developing countries and to the strengthening of their capacity.
The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime provides an important legal framework for international cooperation in fighting such crimes. States should actively fulfill their treaty obligations in conformity with the purposes and spirit of the Convention and tap the full potential of the Convention in fostering international cooperation and judicial assistance. The sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention will convene in Vienna next week and one of the main agenda items of the Conference relates to the establishment of a mechanism or mechanisms for the review of the implementation of the Convention. In this regard, China believes that it is important to take into account the special features of the Convention and its protocols and proceed in a prudent and objective manner to establish the mechanism or mechanisms that are “government-led” and funded by UN regular budget. Therein lies the key to the future smooth and steady functioning of such mechanism or mechanisms. China is ready to work together with others to make the Conference a success.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption is an important achievement of the co