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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.

 

 

13 June 2017: the GLO.ACT coordination team provides important project update to European Union in Brussels

Photo © UNODC BrusselsMs Margaret Akullo, Project Coordinator for GLO.ACT and Ms Aimée Comrie, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer and policy lead for GLO.ACT, provided representatives of DG DEVCO with a detailed overview on the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT). During the meeting, Ms Akullo and Ms Comrie presented updated project implementation plans, provided insights into each of the target countries’ progress to date and answered questions asked by the delegation.

GLO.ACT is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund  (UNICEF), and reaches thirteen countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

GLO.ACT website
Twitter: @glo_act

 

6 June 2017: #Voices4Development concert

Photo © Belgian MOFAOn the eve of the European Development Days on June 7 and 8, the most important European forum on international development, a pre event was organized: the #Voices4development event organized by the Belgian Development Cooperation and the European Commission. The event, under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, included keynote addresses on the Sustainable Development Goals by high-level officials such as Queen Mathilde (SDG advocate), Belgian Deputy prime minister and minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, UN Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg (SDG advocate), and the EDD youth activists. All shared their views for achieving the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustaining peace. 

Photo © UNODC BrusselsBelgian Deputy prime minister De Croo also moderated an inspiring and dynamic panel discussion with five SDG Advocates: Leymah Gbowee (Director, Gbowee Peace Foundation and Nobel Peace prize laureate), Jeffrey Sachs (Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University), Alaa Murabit (Doctor, the Voice of Libyan Women), Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Muhammad Yunus (Founder Grameen Bank Bangladesh and Nobel Peace prize laureate). This diverse group of Advocates shared their ideas and ways to promote the SDG implementation, and their experiences as agents of peace and development. They all underlined the importance of new and innovative partnerships in this challenging development agenda, and the important role the private sector has to take on in global development. It was also highlighted that women and youth must be empowered to shape the political and economic lives of their countries and communities. 

The event included musical sessions by the Belgian artist and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking, Ozark Henry. For more information, check our Goodwill Ambassador page

 

2 June 2017: Spain becomes first country in Europe to adopt UNODC's #DeadlyBusiness campaign

Led by the Director-General of the Spanish National Police, Spain formalized yesterday its adoption of UNODC's #DeadlyBusiness campaign to raise awareness on the crime of smuggling of migrants and its associated risks, becoming the first European country to join the initiative. Being a European Union funded project, the European Commission Representation in Spain hosted the event. The campaign first took off in 2015 when Mexico became the first country in the world to adopt the #DeadlyBusiness initiative. Ever since, the campaign has gained support in many parts of the world.  During his opening remarks, Aldo Lale-Demoz, UNODC Director of the Division for Operations and Deputy Executive Director, highlighted that #DeadlyBusiness aims to reach three different audiences: law enforcement authorities, who must be sensitized to the human rights of migrants; potential migrants, who must have information on the risks of contracting the services of smugglers by land, sea and air; and the media, who plays a central role in bringing this information to migrant communities of origin and transit. During the presentation of the campaign tools, Felipe De La Torre, UNODC Programme Management Officer, said that "because of its universal language, #DeadlyBusiness is easily adaptable to the context of those countries where the prevention of this crime, as it happens in Spain, is a priority." 

- The launch event in Spain

- Migrant smuggling, a deadly business 

- #negociomortal  

        

30 - 31 May 2017: Exchanges on the challenges of fighting terrorism and serious crime

Ms Elena Rigacci Hay, Chief a.i. of the Implementation Support Section III of UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch in Vienna, and colleague Mr Ali Younes, Regional Counter Terrorism Advisor from UNODC's Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, came to Brussels to attend two separate events and to hold bilateral meetings with EU counterparts. The team, participated in the Global Counterterrorism Forum Workshop on "Soft Target Protection", hosted by the European Commission. And Ms. Rigacci Hay also participated in a hearing on the "Current challenges of fighting terrorism and serious crime", hosted by the Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament.  

- UNODC's work on terrorism prevention

 

30 May - 1 June 2017: Exchanges on cybercrime 

Photo © UNODC BrusselsThe Cybercrime Project Coordinator from the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, Mr Alexandru Caciuloiu, attended the 2nd annual meeting of the Global Forum on Cybercrime Expertise, hosted by the European Union. Mr Caciuloiu presented UNODC's regional cybercrime capacity building initiative for Southeast Asia with an emphasis of the best practices, challenges faced, and the added value of the programme to the GFCE, and he held relevant bilateral discussions with current and potential donors, as well as with private industry regarding potential collaboration.

- UNODC's work to combat and prevent cybercrime in the region

- UNODC's work againt cybercrime

 

 

 

 

18 May 2017: Exchanges on the Container Control Programme

The regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean from the Regional Programme Office in Panama, Mr. Bob Van den Berghe, came to Brussels and held meetings with representatives from the European External Actions Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (DG HOME) to exchange on the Container Control Programme (CCP).

A short briefing on the Container Control Programme: The Programme is jointly implemented by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO), for the purpose of assisting Governments to create sustainable enforcement structures in selected sea ports, dry ports and airports in order to minimize the risk of cargo containers being exploited for illicit activities, transnational organized crime and other forms of black market activity. Through securing port facilities and international best practices, the Programme also aims to facilitate legitimate trade and state revenues.

Dedicated inter-agency port control units, comprising customs and other relevant law enforcement officers, are created at selected locations. The staff of the inter-agency port control units are trained and equipped to identify and inspect high-risk freight containers with minimum disruption to legitimate trade and business. Cooperation and teamwork based upon integrity, mutual trust and understanding form the foundation of the Programme. Its success will ultimately depend upon the extent to which different law enforcement agencies are prepared to dismantle traditional areas of rivalry and mistrust, pool relevant information and work together in targeting organized crime groups that use shipping containers for illicit activities.

The Programme is operational in the following countries in the LAC region: Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, El Salvador, Surinam, Guyana, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. In the very near future the Programme will be expanding to additional countries: Honduras, Cuba and Costa Rica.
Last year the Units seized approximately 36 tons of cocaine, 47 containers where infringements of Intellectual Property Rights were detected. Cases of precursors, guns and ammunition, protected flora and fauna, tax fraud, non-declared money and false medicines were part of the results of the Joint Port Control Units (JPCU) profiling and inspections. The Port Control Units are communicating, exchanging information and cooperating with non CCP countries such as Europe, USA, Mexico, Colombia and Canada on a regular basis and this certainly contributes to the successes.

In 2015 the CCP launched its Women's Network at a global level to encourage equal participation of women in the Port Control Units and to raise awareness of gender issues. In Latin America 17% of Port Control Unit staff are women. In Cuba, we expect the future Unit to be 100% women. 

CCP is also looking for the possibility of establishing a regional CCP training center within the premises of the International Maritime University of Panama. The project is designed to enhance technical and practical training on maritime security through the Container Control Programme within the Latin American region from a capacity building approach. This initiative will be implemented in close collaboration with the relevant law enforcement authorities and representatives from academic fields and the private sector. UNODC will work closely with national counterparts.

In addition, UNODC and WCO will secure the continued support of ICPO/Interpol, the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) network, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP) and other international bodies to arrange training in specialist areas including the trafficking in endangered species, counterfeit goods, and hazardous or nuclear material. 

For the CCP Air Cargo Control Programme (ACCU), cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is of particular importance.

Steps will be taken to ensure coordination with bilateral donors and international organizations to avoid any duplication of effort. UNODC will also consult with other UNODC Country and Regional Offices and Vienna Headquarters to ensure coordination and to maximize the impact of project activities. 

Links:

- The World Customs Organization 

- The CCP Annual Report 2016

- The UNODC-WCO Global Container Programme

- UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme - video

The Regional Programme Office in Panama

 

10 May 2017: Exchanges on the DemandAt project - Demand-side measures against trafficking  

Ms Kristiina Kangaspunta, the Chief of the UNODC Crime Research Section, came to Brussels to attend the DemandAT Final Conference. As a member of the Advisory Board of the project she moderated the panel on "Repressing or discouraging demand" which focused on criminal sanctions and complementary or alternative strategies to change certain types of behaviour and their consequences. The final DemandAT conference brought together researchers from the project consortium, NGOs, policy makers, representatives of international organisations and academics. The conference critically examined the potential and the limits of demand-side approaches. 

The DemandAT project from 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2017: In 2014, a research project "Demand-side measures against trafficking" was launched. It is funded under the EU’s 7th framework programme and it involves a multidisciplinary team from seven European countries. The aim of the project is to examine demand-side approaches in the context of trafficking in persons in different perspectives. The study maps policy debates and implemented policies through in-depth studies of particular fields (domestic work, supply chains, sex work) and approaches (law enforcement, campaigns). 

- The DemandAt project 

 

5 May 2017: Exchanges on the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme 2016-2020

Mr Jorge Rios, Chief of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime met with representatives of DG DEVCO in Brussels. The meeting was attended by representatives from each of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) partner organisations and provided an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme 2016-2020, which the European Commission has generously pledged to support. Over the course of the afternoon, representatives explored how implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme will complement existing and ongoing EC-funded projects at both regional and country level, with an emphasis on those locations prioritised in the EU IWT Action Plan. DG DEVCO were particularly interested in how the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit can be widely implemented in order to provide an evidence base for the design of wildlife crime responses. UNODC looks forward to working with the EC and ICCWC partners to further refine plans for technical assistance in this important area of work. 

- the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)

- the ICCWC Strategic Programme 2016-2020

 

28 April 2017: Proposed EU-UNODC Cooperation on Integrity in Sport

Sport is under threat. This is the seemingly obvious conclusion that many have come to when faced with the endless media cycle of scandals and cases involving sport and its governing bodies. Indeed, the nature of recent stories, often involving allegations of endemic corruption, involvement of organized crime, systemic cheating, and evidence of officials seemingly acting with impunity, can make for depressing reading. It is also a conclusion reached by the EU Expert Group on match-fixing, which identified the threat from organized crime groups based in and operating from inside and outside the EU (e.g. South East Asia) as being particularly noteworthy. Very recently, UNODC has supported a number of initiatives and processes which are helping to drive forward the momentum to strengthen sport integrity, namely the United Kingdom’s Anti-corruption Summit, held in May 2016, the 2nd International Forum for Sport Integrity, held in February 2017, the ongoing discussions of the G20’s Anti-corruption working Group and the upcoming Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, to be held in Kazan, Russian Federation in July 2017.

Building on this, and linked to applicable international legal instruments, (such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime) UNODC discussed a proposal with the Commission to enhance abilities of relevant criminal justice agencies and stakeholders, in the Asia-Pacific region, to investigate match-fixing and develop strategies to prevent corruption in major sporting events. The highly constructive discussions focused on two main areas of possible cooperation: namely (1) the fight against match-fixing, and (2) preventing corruption and the threat posed by organized crime in sports events.

Guides and training materials developed by UNODC: 

- Resource Guide on Good Practices in the Investigation of Match-Fixing 

- A Strategy for Safeguarding against Corruption in Major Public Event

  

20 - 21 April 2017: Exchanges on migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons, terrorism and border control in the MENA region

© UNODC BrusselsA delegation from the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa came to Brussels to discuss the latest developments in the MENA region pertaining to migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons, terrorism and border control. The visit included, for the first time, direct exchanges with the Justice and Home Affaires Directorate of the Council of the European Union. Other meetings took place with DG NEAR and the EEAS. 

- UNODC stories from the Middle East and North Africa

 

 

6 April 2017: Exchange on Cybercrime

Chief of the UNODC Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Ms Loide LUNGAMENI, and the Chief of the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, Mr. Neil Walsh, held fruitful discussions with the European Commission regarding future counter-cybercrime cooperation. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Walsh said "It was exceptionally worthwhile to have time today with our partners in the European Commission to update them on the successes of the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, in particular our work in Central America, MENA and Southeast Asia. Cybercrime in particular knows no borders and there has never been a stronger need for cross-organization capacity-building cohesion. My team have a world class skill-set in countering transnational cybercrime: from cyber-dependent BotNet disruption, cyber-enabled darknet firearms supply through to the most pernicious of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. We already have close working arrangements with European partners, particularly Europol and the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), and I am confident that, with the Commission, we can build a close, supportive, mutually beneficial working relationship which helps to build capacity to counter cybercrime in the most challenging parts of the world."

You can learn more about the Global Programme on Cybercrime by following  and www.linkedin.com/in/neiljwalsh/ 

- UNODC's response in the fight against cybercrime

 

27 - 31 March 2017: UNODC-WCO exchanges on the Global Container Control Programme

 © UNODC BrusselsThe World Customs Organisation (WCO) held its 36th Annual Enforcement Committee Meeting at its Brussels HQs. UNODC Representative, Ms. Yatta Dakowah attended the Opening Day of the Meeting and held a side discussion with Mr. Ketil Ottersen, UNODC Senior Programme Coordinator of the Global Container Control Programme on the expansion of the project into the Pacific Islands, the Gambia and Uruguay - all of interest to the European Union, both in terms of developing economic connectivity and at the same time preventing illicit trade entering the Union. The Global Container Control Programme briefed Heads of Customs Enforcement from across the world on the impressive results of the Programme during 2016. An information booth was set-up to further inform participants on the benefits of pre-arrival profiling for illicit trade in the containerised supply chain and interaction with this flag-ship UNODC Programme. 

- UNODC - WCO Global Container Control Programme 

 

20 - 24 March 2017: Visit of the European Port of Rotterdam to observe Port procedures and best practices for potential implementation in Thailand

 © UNODC BrusselsUnder the framework of the UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme, a group of Senior Managers from the Thai Port of Laem Chabang visited the European Port of Rotterdam to observe Port procedures and best practices for potential implementation back in Thailand. Rotterdam is the main gateway to the European Union with regard to containerised sea-freight, handling approximately 30% of total European imports. Asia is an important trading and economic partner for the EU but with high volumes of licit trade comes the opportunity for transnational organised crime groups to conceal illicit trade in the hope it will go undetected. Significantly, Asia produces large quantities of drugs and counterfeit goods that target European markets, and greater cooperation between European and Asian ports can assist to stem this illicit flow. Asia is also a manufacturing base for industrial equipment and chemicals that can have dual-use in legitimate commerce and as well military application. Enhanced container profiling skills can assist, detect, deter, prevent and combat the trafficking of such strategic trade or weapons of mass destruction and safeguard that they do not fall into the hands of terrorists or other non-state actors. 

The Global Container Control Programme seeks to build capacity to identify high-risk containerised consignments for selection and examination thereby detecting illicit trade, preventing terrorism  and disrupting transnational  organised crime. The Programme in SE Asia commenced in 2014 and hopes to attract further support from the European Union in the months ahead as it expands operations across SE Asia and into the Pacific Islands.

 

9 - 10 March 2017: Exchanges on Afghanistan and Central Asia

© UNODC BrusselsMr Andrey Avetisyan, UNODC Regional Representative for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries and Special Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Counter-Narcotics and Ms Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, came to Brussels to brief the NATO Deputies Committee Meeting on the narcotics situation in Afghanistan and on the NATO - UNODC Partnership for Counter Narcotics Training in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The meeting was hosted by Mr James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. Both Representatives seized the opportunity to meet counterparts from the EEAS (ASIAPAC and EURCA) and DG DEVCO (Central Asia - South East Asia) for exchanges on Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries, and they briefed an EP hearing on Afghanistan hosted by the Chair of the Afghanistan Delegation.

- Presentation: Narcotics situation in Afghanistan

- Presentation: NATO - UNODC Partnership for Counter Narcotics Training in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan

- Afghanistan Opium Survey 2016

 

3 March 2017 - Terrorism Prevention Branch represent UNODC at annual EU-UN Political Dialogue on Counter-Terrorism

The annual EU-UN Political Dialogue on Counter-Terrorism took place in Brussels, on 3 March 2017. The EU delegation was led by Mr. Pawel Herczynski, Director of Security Policy, EEAS, and the UN delegation was led by Mr. Jehangir Khan, Director of UN/CTITF Office and UNCCT. Representing UNODC at the annual Dialogue were Mr. Mauro Miedico, Chief a.i. of the Terrorism Prevention Branch, and Mr. George Puthuppally, Chief of TPB's Implementation Support Section for Sub-Saharan Africa. Taking advance of the presence in Brussels, on 2 March Mr. George Puthuppally also held bilateral consultations with the leadership of EU's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP): Mr. Oliver Nette, Head of Unit IcSP, and Mr. Philippe Bartholme, Team Leader, Crisis Response ICSP. EU and UNODC are currently partnering to implement a counter-terrorism assistance project for Nigeria, fully funded by EU under IcSP, aimed at strengthening Nigeria's criminal justice responses to terrorism, in compliance with the rule of law and human rights.

 

1 March 2017 - the launch of the new EU - UN Partnership Report

EU -UN Partnership ReportPartnership between the European Union and the United Nations has benefited millions of people in more than 170 countries across the globe, according to the latest report showcasing the results and strength of the collaboration between the United Nations and the European Union. From the Millennium Development Goals to the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union has worked together with the United Nations to ensure access to education and health, save lives, increase resilience, and promote the values enshrined in the UN Charter of peace and human rights. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed the need for a greater emphasis on multilateralism and collective action to address global challenges. He emphasized the European Union's commitment to the "spirit of global solidarity at the heart of the 2030 Agenda" in an introduction to the report which covers activities of the partnership between the United Nations and the European Union 2014-2015 . The results of this ambitious and wide-ranging partnership can be seen at country level. The EU and the UN have worked, for example, with Governments in Iraq, the Central African Republic, Thailand, Ukraine and Colombia to integrate human rights in their development plans. Partnership is crucial to success. According to the report, " Saving and Empowering Lives '' in nearly 40 countries, the EU and the UN have partnered with civil society organizations and national authorities to improve protection for millions of refugees and internally displaced persons. Training is another fundamental area of cooperation to help countries promote and honour commitments to gender equality, the empowerment of women and end abuse of women and children among others. Tens of millions of vulnerable people in 49 countries in 2014-2015 benefitted from food assistance provided by the United Nations and the European Union in nations ravaged by war or malnutrition. Despite efforts by the EU and the UN, nearly 800 million people are still undernourished, and tackling hunger is critical to the partnership. In a world beset by crises, the European Union and the United Nations play a fundamental role in providing relief to the some 65 million people who were uprooted from their homes globally due to armed conflicts, climate change, population growth and unplanned urbanization. With their immense convening power, the EU and the UN helped coordinate contributions from donors, international organizations, civil society and national authorities to address the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa, the Middle East and Europe itself. Innovative initiatives using private sector partnerships and new technologies like biometrics and ATMs provide help quicker and in a more economically efficient manner. From floods, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and other emergencies, the EU and the UN have expanded cooperation on rapid response to crises, increasing resilience and recovery.The EU-UN partnership in Peace and Security continued to deepen in 2014-2015, providing a valuable contribution to the increased attention currently being paid to the importance of mediation, conflict resolution and preventive diplomacy now evident in both the European Union and the United Nations. In 2015, the EU and the UN agreed on priorities for 2015-2018 for strengthening the partnership on peacekeeping and crisis management. The EU-UN Partnership has promoted democracy, the rule of law and good governance in countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Working together, the EU and the UN have expanded global access to essential services, provided training and opportunity for enhanced inclusive, green growth and decent jobs. The UN and the EU played crucial roles in the historic Agreement on Climate Change in Paris in 2015, paving the way to further develop national climate plans; the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The historical year of 2015 marked a landmark in continuing to strengthen the partnership between the EU and the UN. The partnership was highlighted during the first-ever European Year for Development in 2015 and the annual European Development Days. The next edition of the European Development Days in June 2017 will focus on investing in development, marking a new step in forging an ever stronger partnership between the EU and the UN.

- The Saving and Empowering Lives EU - UN Partnership Report

 

14 February 2017 - Exchanges on the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the ARF region

Photo credit UNODC Brussels 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

Photo credit UNODC BrusselsDeeply 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.

 

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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