The agreement was signed by SICPA CEO Philippe Amon, Christine Macqueen, director corporate affairs of SICPA, and Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, director a.i. of UNICRI.
Managing today’s volatile international security environment is an increasingly difficult and complex challenge. While global economic integration and the technological revolution in communication and transportation offer new opportunities to achieve global prosperity, new global potential security risks are emerging with actors such as criminal organizations and terrorist groups taking advantage of the exponential growth of technological advances.
Technologies are being continuously developed and improved to meet the changing requirements of the “market” and to meet evolving needs. Promoting knowledge of relevant risks and bridging the gaps between users and developers is therefore fundamental to ensuring the security of the supply chain – especially in high-risk sectors such as CBRN materials, agrochemicals and precious metals. This is essential to protecting citizens from the criminal exploitation of technological innovation.
This new agreement will allow UNICRI to complete the evaluation of technology responses to biotechnology and blockchain risk scenarios; finalize risk scenarios and identify possible technology responses in the area of supply chain security with a focus on food frauds, illicit pesticides, excisable products and illicit trafficking of precious metals.
UNICRI will develop strategic recommendations and propose concrete follow-up actions for capacity building aimed at developing and piloting technology-based countermeasures matched to the needs of member states.