The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced that "organized crime generates revenues of more than 120 billion dollars globally every year, with drug smuggling by far the most lucrative activity," and the boys behind the rackets are only becoming more powerful as they overwhelm – if not simply take over – the countries out of which they operate as reported by AFP: "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said . . . 'in some places, police and armies are being out-gunned. Our ability to deliver justice is not evolving as quickly as the criminal's skill at evading it.'" The UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime is meeting this week in Vienna, Austria, and in her opening remarks Elizabeth Berville, the Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the State Department, said: "Transnational criminal networks continue to expand dramatically in size, scope, and influence—posing significant national security challenges for the United States and other countries. These threats cross borders and continents and undermine the stability of nations, subverting government institutions through corruption and harming citizens worldwide. Transnational criminal organizations have accumulated unprecedented wealth and power through trafficking and other illicit activities, penetrating legitimate financial systems and destabilizing commercial markets."