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Exhibit: United for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

A new exhibition, United for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, has been organized in the South Wall of the Conference Buildings of the United Nations Headquarters and will be displayed until 31 May 2019.

The exhibit organized by UNICRI, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, is centred around Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies, free from crime and violence.

Through images and videos United for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions offers different perspectives on some critical topics addressed by UNICRI such as artificial intelligence and robotics, counterfeiting, environmental crimes, hate speech and hate crime, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, illicit financial flows, the precious metals supply chain integrity, violent extremism, and the nexus between terrorism and organized crime.

The exhibit puts people first and explains the impact that criminality and absence of the rule of law have on societies. It shows that the threats to peace and security in the twenty-first century are extensive and transnational in nature. These threats are closely interconnected: the combination of conflicts, organized crime, terrorism, illicit trafficking and the improper use of technological advances by criminal actors is affecting human rights, stability and development, generating a vicious cycle of vulnerabilities.

In our global society we observe the consequences of the butterfly effect: what occurs in one place reverberates in another. We live in an interconnected world that is exponentially subject to the effects of an unequal techno-financial revolution as well as to the de-territorialisation of citizenship and criminal syndicates.

The growing complexity of this changing landscape calls for a rethinking of approaches and strategies to address the threats to and vulnerabilities of the environmental, socio-economic and political settings of our global village.

Our cooperation models in the field of justice, crime prevention and human rights protection should be transnational and innovative. Approaches are needed to support resilient societies, able to manage risks and vulnerabilities. Our answers to these common challenges must be unified and multifaceted.

The exhibit offers a perspective on how to translate our principles – respect for human rights, dignity, the rule of law and development – into concrete actions.

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