Siria Gastelum Felix Romain Le Cour Grandmaison Simonetta Grassi Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada Nils Duquet

11th UNTOC COP Side Event: Addressing the increasing links between arms trafficking and other forms of organized crime

A Talk by Romain Le Cour Grandmaison , Siria Gastelum Felix , Simonetta Grassi , Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada and Nils Duquet

About this Talk

Recent dynamics and trends in the illicit trafficking and diversion of arms worldwide offer new evidence of the complexity of its links to other criminal markets and the harms and challenges they pose to the society, security and the rule of law. Firearms play a central role as enablers of violent crimes and as enhancers of the power of criminal organizations..

To encourage a more comprehensive understanding of these links and challenges, this side event seeks to deepen the discussion on the complex links between illicit arms trafficking and other forms of organized crime and to raise awareness on the role that other actors such as the industry and civil society can play to address the issues. Through a “criminal markets” approach, this side- event looks to foster a collective reflection on experiences at the national, regional and multilateral levels to better assess the risks of these links, including through a presentation of a GI-TOC analysis in this regard.

20 October 2022, 08:00 AM

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

About The Speakers

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Senior Expert, GI-TOC

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison is a Senior Expert at the GI-TOC. His work focuses on Criminal Organizations and Governance, State and Violence, and Public Security in Mexico and Central America.


Siria Gastelum Felix

Siria Gastelum Felix

Resilience Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Resilience Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Simonetta Grassi

Simonetta Grassi

Head of UNODC’s Global Firearms Programme, UNODC


Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada

Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada

Senior Analyst - Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Nils Duquet

Nils Duquet

Director, Flemish Peace Institute