Mr. Rios is the Chief of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), based at UNODC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Rios has been working on the issues of drugs and crime for over 20 years and joined UNODC in 2005.
Mr. Rios is leading the delivery of technical assistance by UNODC to the countries affected by wildlife and forest crime, including the implementation of the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit. Mr. Rios is a Senior Expert for the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) – a partnership formed in 2010 by CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, UNODC, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization to combat wildlife trafficking. Mr. Rios is fluent in English and Spanish languages.
The UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime supports countries in a number of areas such as strengthening legislation to address this crime, strengthening investigative, prosecutorial and judicial capacities, and combating related issues of illicit trafficking, money-laundering and corruption. Engaging a variety of stakeholders, the Global Programme also helps strengthen the collection and analysis of wildlife and forest crime data, support livelihoods, and raise awareness of the negative impact of this crime in order to reduce the global demand for illicit wild fauna and flora.