"The problems of terrorism and illicit trafficking in firearms, along with other forms of serious and organized crime, have too often been addressed in isolation."
Yury Fedotov•Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
From small arms to tobacco, from illegal drugs to natural resources, anything can be traded for profit. This provides financing for malevolent actors and adversely affects security. For example, drug trafficking has implications both in terms of the death toll caused by drug use, totaling almost half a million fatalities globally each year, and when it comes to the violence caused by organized crime groups operating the drug trade, affecting countries and regions from Myanmar to Afghanistan, from Latin America to West Africa and the Middle East. As armed groups and terrorist organizations diversify their sources of income, they are now increasingly turning to environmental crime – the illicit trade in natural resources such as timber and gold.
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