“I had decided to remain in Sicily and I needed to give that choice a meaning. Our problems were the very ones that I had begun to deal with, almost by accident, and if I loved this land I had to work on them exclusively….And I am optimistic because I see that young people, Sicilian or otherwise, have a much greater awareness than the culpable indifference in which I lived until I was forty. When these young people are adults they will react with much greater force than I and my generation have.”
Judge Paolo Borsellino

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Italian Government web site for the Convention
Welcome to the web site of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
Photographs from each day of the Convention; the latest press releases and speeches;

The signing of the Convention in Palermo, Italy during the week of 12-15 December 2000 marks a significant step forward in international cooperation on the rule of law and global crime. Special conferences, forums and celebrations hosted by the Italian Government and the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) relating to the Convention mark the week’s events.

If you are attending the Palermo conference, please download information for participants (Also available in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese).

On the Convention web site you will find the following resources that are also on the tool bar at left:

The Convention: substantive information about the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, including the draft of the Convention, commentaries on the protocols and articles on its historic significance;
Conference Events: complete schedule of events and the background on the symposiums taking place in Palermo the week of 12-15 December;
Press Centre: NEW! Photographs from each day of the Convention; the latest press releases and speeches;
Links: useful links to some of the best crime prevention web sites in the world;
The city of Palermo helpful information about the city of Palermo and links to tourist attractions, cultural activities and points of interest.