Organized Crime, Arms Trafficking, and Illicit Financial Flows: Exploring SDG Target 16.4

On July 10th, IPI hosted a policy forum entitled “Organized Crime, Arms Trafficking, and Illicit Financial Flows: Exploring SDG Target 16.4.”

This year’s UN High-Level Political Forum provides states and stakeholders the opportunity for an in-depth review of SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies and its targets. This side-event brough together experts working on the components of Target 16.4 to share their knowledge of the interplay between organized crime, illicit financial flows, arms flows, and development efforts.

The adoption of Target 16.4 was, in many ways, a watershed moment that decisively placed organized crime and illicit financial flows on the development agenda. While each component remains a very specific issue, nothing is done in isolation within Agenda 2030. These issues have clear links to other SDG goals, such as those on gender, reducing inequality, decent work, and sustainable cities. This policy forum provided the opportunity to reflect on the role of Target 16.4 in pushing ahead with Agenda 2030.

Opening remarks:
Mr. Isaac Morales Tenorio, General Coordinator for Multidimensional Security,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Ms. Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Director of Programmes, Small Arms Survey
Mr. Tom Cardamone, President, Global Financial Integrity
Mr. Martin Borgeaud, Chief Technical Advisor for Justice, Security and Human Rights, UNDP Lebanon
Ms. Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President, International Peace Institute