UN wants tourists to stop cross-border crime

Ban Ki-moon: “Well-informed tourists can make a difference”

The World Tourism Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have agreed to launch a new public awareness campaign, calling on tourists to help reduce demand for illicit goods and services linked to organized crime.
Preparations for the campaign were set in motion at a meeting in Madrid in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The campaign, to be launched later this year, aims to raise awareness among international tourists about the types of illegal goods and services to which they are often exposed during their travels. It aims to reduce demand for trafficking in people, cultural artefacts, wildlife, ivory products, counterfeit goods and illicit drugs.
“Well-informed tourists can make a real difference in turning the tide against these criminal acts,” Ban Ki-moon said.
[photo courtesy UNWTO]


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