Despite a steady decline in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea in recent years, nations must accelerate efforts to counter the region's nearly US$2 billion a year in losses, senior U.N. officials urged diplomats in charge of international security.
The summit is held once every three years to examine protections for wild animals and plants traded internationally.
U.N. leaders used the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to call for increased prevention against a web of factors.
Data worth an estimated US$10 trillion — equal to twice Japan's GDP — moves through underwater cables every day.
The Trump administration's broadsides against international cooperation embolden nations with poor human rights records and encourage attacks on journalists, experts said.
Corruption has wide-ranging impacts. Transparency International says ordinary people can fight back.
The U.N. Security Council, led by the U.S. this month, held its first meeting devoted to debating the ties between corruption, peace and security, focusing especially on Venezuela.