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Globalised crime needs global answers

Press Release October 10, 2012

Globalisation has changed crime, and in turn it has changed public security needs. Whether it's terrorism or cyber crime, international drug trafficking or urban violence, crime has become a complex and multi-faceted issue. The current system for fighting crime, crime prevention and justice has not been able to keep up with these develop-ments and is incapable of providing protection against the new global threats.

“The experience has taught us that you need to tackle the problems from different angles”, says Seán Cleary, Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd., South Africa. “Transnational crime syndicates have complex global structures.” This is understand-ably a big challenge. People's civil rights must not be compromised as a result. “The central principal of a democratic state is the sovereignty of the people”, says Cleary. The government has a duty to protect the rights and freedom of the people.

How can local security systems work with national strategies in order to fight globalised crime? What should the guiding principles of public security policy be? And how can the need for public security be reconciled with civil rights and democratic principles? These and further questions will be discussed at the Global Economic Symposium in Rio de Janeiro in mid-October.

“The Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2012 is being jointly organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and in collaboration with the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

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