and transnational organized crime
of Law and Security of the Individual
In an effort to transform a
culture of violence into a culture of peace, the Summits of the Americas
process has given priority to preventing violence and transnational
organized crime in the following ways:
At the Miami and Santiago Summits of the Americas,
the prevention of violence was deemed necessary in order to more fully
promote a democratic culture and the human rights of all citizens.
For example, countries determined that equal treatment between men
and women could not be attained without first addressing the problem of
At the Quebec City Summit, the prevention of
violence, as well as the need to combat transnational organized crime, was
made a priority beneath the section entitled Justice, Rule of Law and
Security of the Individual. Here,
governments focused on new, multi-dimensional threats to security, such as
the illegal drug trade and other related crimes, the illicit trafficking and
criminal use of firearms and the general problem of violence in society.
Countries also mandated the increase of
training programs in conflict resolution and sought to expand public
education to address threats that affect the most vulnerable members of
an aim to use international cooperation and information sharing to fight
crime in all its manifestations, governments highlighted the importance of
eliminating transnational organized crime.
In the Quebec City Plan of Action, countries are encouraged to ratify
existing treaties, such as the United
Convention Against Transnational
and to promote cooperation among judicial bodies to modernize
legislation and information sharing techniques.
Events in the area of the Prevention of Violence and
Transnational Crime can be found in the