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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.


16 January 2020: UNODC-EU discussions on Terrorism Prevention

UNODC Chief Terrorism Prevention & CEPOL Executive Director  - Image © UNODCThe Chief of UNODC’s Terrorism Prevention Branch, Mr. Masood Karimipour, was invited by the Croatian Presidency to address a joint meeting by the Council's Working Party on Terrorism - International Aspects (COTER) and the Council’s Working Party on Terrorism (TWP). Mr Karimipour delivered a presentation on UNODC’s work on terrorism prevention. The presentation showcased several of UNODC technical assistance initiatives and recapped its successes in 2019. Some of these notable highlights include UNODC’s work in Nigeria that led to 366 terrorism suspects being convicted and 882 being discharged as well as 550 cases having been digitized by the Prosecution Department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan following UNODC assistance. Moreover, the presentation shed light on a number of UN joint initiatives in which UNODC is a co-implementor, namely on countering terrorist travel (API/PNR), the role of parliaments in addressing terrorism and violent extremism leading to terrorism as well as the universalization and effective implementation of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT). As part of his mission to Brussels, Mr. Karimipour also partook in several bilateral meetings with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, the EU counter-terrorism coordinator, the law enforcement and security unit of DG HOME as well as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).  

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16- 17 January 2020: UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme discussions with EU and Belgian partners 

Image © UNODCThe Law Enforcement Expert of the Container Control Programme (CCP), Mr. Bob Van den Berghe, came to Brussels for meetings with delegations from the European Commission to discuss issues related to the fight against organized crime and EU-funded cooperation projects. The objective of the meetings was to increase awareness and to promote stronger synergies between the EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime 2018-2021 and the CCP. 

Mr. Bob Van den Berghe also held a meeting with the Director General of Belgian Customs in Brussels outlining the excellent cooperation between Belgian Authorities and the CCP. CCP’s training activities also benefit from in-kind contributions, including those from Belgium.


The Container Control Programme (CCP) counters the cross-border movement of illicit goods and is jointly implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Every year, more than 750 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) are recorded in the global containerized trade supply chain, accounting for around 90 per cent of the world's cargo. The vast majority of containers carry licit goods; however, some are used to smuggle drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods. As a response, the CCP assists governments in building the capacities of national agencies at the border to detect illicit goods in sea, land and air cargo consignments. It thereby helps to strengthen international supply chain security and contributes to facilitate legitimate trade.

The CCP is currently operational in more than 51 countries; Further expansion of this joint initiative of WCO and UNODC is in progress. In 2019, the work of the Port, Land and Air Cargo Control Units established via the cooperation with WCO and UNODC resulted in a total of 77 tons of cocaine, and seizures of heroin, precursor chemicals, detections of strategic goods, millions of cigarettes and numerous other illicit and / or smuggled goods.

The donors of the Programme are Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, DCAF/Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


Recently, officers of the formed (Dry-) Port Control Unit of Bolivia identified a container with wood which met several risk parameters. This container was destined for Belgium and the Bolivian authorities were encouraged to inform their Belgium counterparts about the suspicious shipment and the subsequent control of this container. The control of the container in Bolivia led to the detection of 1435 kg of cocaine. The implementation of the CCP activities in Bolivia is funded by the European Union and Germany.

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