Please see below a non-exhaustive selection of news items to reflect the richness of contacts and joint activities happening between the EU and UNODC.
14 February 2017 - Exchanges on the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the ARF region
Ms Thanawan Klumklomchit, Terrorism Prevention Officer from the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (located in Thailand), was invited to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Brussels - jointly organized by the Philippines, Australia and the European Union. Ms Klumklomchit participated in a panel discussion on the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the ARF region . She briefed the meeting on UNODC's work to enhance ASEAN member states' criminal justice responses to terrorism, through technical assistance to build effective legal framework and capacity to address conducts related to the spread of violence extremism such as recruitment and the use of internet for terrorist purposes. Ms Klumklomchit also highlighted the need to address radicalisation in prisons and explained UNODC's related initiatives including a Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalisation to Violence in Prisons.
- The UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific website
- The Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalisation to Violence in Prisons
13 February 2017 - Exchanges on Maritime Crime
Mr Alan Cole, Head of the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme in Eastern Africa, and his colleague Ms Siri Bjune from the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme in Vienna, came to Brussels to discuss maritime security and brief the key EU partners from the EEAS and DG DEVCO on the on-going activities of the Global Maritime Crime Programme.
10 February 2017 - Exchanges on post UNGASS 2016
Ms Jo Dedeyne-Amann, UNODC Chief of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies, and her colleague Ms Doris Resch, were invited to brief the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs at the Council of the European Union on post UNGASS 2016 (Special Session of the General Assembly UNGASS) and on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). The UNODC Secretariat delivered presentations on the UNGASS follow up work undertaken by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs as well as a Secretariat proposal on supporting the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in the implementation of the UNGASS outcome document "Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem".
The first presentation, delivered on behalf of Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida, CND Facilitator for post-UNGASS matters, focused on the various steps the CND had taken so far in advancing UNGASS follow-up. The Horizontal Working Party on Drugs was further briefed on what could be expected at the upcoming 60th anniversary session of the Commission in March 2017, including a draft resolution tabled by the Chair on behalf of the Commission on preparations for the 62nd CND in 2019, the target date of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action. In addition the meeting was informed about a decision that would be tabled by the Chair of the Commission, on strengthening the subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The Secretariat further informed about planned activities to be initiated upon conclusion of the 60th CND, including a planned CND work programme for the second half of the year with dedicated meetings for each of the seven thematic areas in order to deal with each of these areas in a more in-depth manner. The second presentation focused on the support that the Secretariat was providing to the CND, including proposals for enhancing the awareness for the work of the CND, for increasing its visibility and the corresponding funding needs to make the CND UNGASS follow-up work sustainable.
8 February 2017 - UNODC joined senior officials from Europe and Africa in Malta
Deeply concerned by the sharp increase of flows in refugees, asylum seekers and migrants taking dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean, European and African leaders adopted the Joint Valletta Action Plan in November 2015 to comprehensively address the challenges posed by this situation. Since then, UNODC intensified its efforts to support Member States in one of the five priorities of the action plan aiming at preventing and combatting migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings. UNODC joined senior officials from Europe and Africa in Malta from 8-9 February to take stock of the progress made since the adoption of the action plan, as they acknowledged that the fight against networks of migrant smugglers and human traffickers needed to be stepped up through a stronger focus on measures aimed at tackling these crimes, including cross-border cooperation, legislative reform and capacity building. Mr John Brandolino, Director of Treaty Affairs, reiterated UNODC's " commitment to support and collaborate with all stakeholders to address the priorities of the Joint Valetta Action Plan, including through the development of a holistic response to dismantle criminal networks involved in human trafficking and migrant smuggling, while fully assuring the protection of victims and vulnerable migrants". Providing a common framework for an effective joint response, the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Protocols, which complement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, have been ratified by most participating States and yet are not sufficiently and fully implemented. As the situation in the European vicinity remains dramatic, with a new record of lives lost at sea in 2016, and while the business of smugglers and traffickers keeps on thriving, the United Nations (UN) as whole is mobilizing to develop a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. " It is only when safe, regular migration and mobility exist in a solid human rights framework, and when issues such as smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings are addressed through human rights-based responses, that adequate protection is possible and the development benefits of migration can become truly tangible", said Ms Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, UNDP Director, while delivering a statement on behalf of the UN at the Valletta meeting.
- John Brandolino's statement at the Valletta Senior Officials Meeting
- HR/VP Federica Mogherini's statement at the Valletta Senior Officials Meeting
- United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto
31 January 2017 - EU-UNODC Project Steering Committee of the Global Action to Address Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling (GLO.ACT)
The GLO.ACT Project Coordinator and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, supported by the UNODC Representative in Brussels, participated in the biannual EU-UNODC Project Steering Committee of the Global Action to Address Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling ( GLO.ACT). The meeting was hosted by the donor, DG DEVCO, with the participation of colleagues from DG HOME, DG NEAR, the EEAS, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator's Team, and EU Delegations in GLO.ACT countries via videolink (Brazil, Colombia, Morocco and South Africa) as well as the EU Delegation in Vienna. Also participating via videolink from Vienna was the UNODC Chief of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section which implements GLO.ACT and five Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officers supporting GLO.ACT implementation at the country level. In addition, GLO.ACT implementing partners IOM and UNICEF joined the meeting via teleconference. The main focus of the meeting was to update the EC on the national workplans being developed and implemented in close cooperation with GLO.ACT beneficiary countries.
20 January 2017 - Preparation of the Valletta Senior Officials Meeting on Migration
UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, represented by Ms. Morgane Nicot, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, visited the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office to support the Office during the 3rd plenary meeting for the preparation of the Senior Officials Meeting to be held in Valletta, Malta (February 2017). The meeting, focusing on the follow up to the Valletta Summit and Joint Action Plan on Migration since its adoption in November 2015, provided an opportunity to introduce the progress reports of the Rabat and Khartoum Processes. These reports will inform the identification of priorities for the implementation of the Joint Action Plan, including in the field of human trafficking and migrant smuggling where UNODC is already stronly engaged along States participating in the two processes.
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