News from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Training for 400 officers to improve use of community service to rehabilitate offenders in Kenya

Kisumu, 5 August 2019 - A major push to upskill 400 officers of the Probation and Aftercare Service (PACS) in the effective use of Community Service Orders to rehabilitate offenders began in Kisumu today. Between now and December, Probation Officers who are also Community Service Officers will be trained on aspects of the Community Service Orders Act through support from the Regional Office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union via the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD). Read More... _______________________________________________________________________________________

Governments called upon to work together, step up responses and ensure justice and support for victims of trafficking in persons

Nairobi, 30 July 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) commemorated the World Day against Trafficking of Persons on the 30 of July 2019 at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON). The event was opened by UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Amado de Andrés, who in his opening remarks reiterated that "We must work towards a comprehensive, coordinated and holistic approach to human trafficking which is gender and age-sensitive and grounded in a human rights based-approach". Read More....  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Collective Solutions to Counter-Terrorism in Focus at African Regional High-Level Conference

Nairobi, 11 July 2019 - The largest ever meeting of African states to determine collective solutions in support of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy has concluded today in Nairobi.The two-day African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism was officially opened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and His Excellency the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta. Read More....  _______________________________________________________________________________________

UN Secretary-General Urges Unity and Respect to Prevent Violent Extremism

Nairobi, 9 July 2019: While visiting a Nairobi neighbourhood affected by youth radicalization, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for continued unity and respect to deter local young people from joining violent extremist groups. Addressing a town hall meeting in Kamukunji Constituency, Mr. Guterres congratulated all stakeholders including community members, traders, Kenyan government agencies and the UN family for their joint efforts to stamp out violent extremism. Read More... _______________________________________________________________________________________

UNODC and Norway Supports Eastern Africa to Build Capacity to Counter Terrorism

Nairobi, 18 June 2019 - UNODC and the Government of Norway have been jointly working to support the Member States of Eastern Africa to prevent and counter terrorism threats affecting the region. This joint support, as part of a multi-year Eastern African counter-terrorism programme focused on strengthening the intelligence and investigation capacities of law enforcement officials to prevent terrorist acts and to bring terrorists to justice, culminated with two key counter-terrorism events held this week in Nairobi. Read More... _______________________________________________________________________________________

East African States Target Fisheries Crime in the Framework of the Container Control Programme

Diani, 14 June 2019 - Fisheries crime is a broad concept which includes a range of illegal activities in the fisheries sector and the fisheries value chain such as money laundering, corruption, illegal fishing, tax evasion and document fraud. To address these types of crime, the UNODC Regional Office for East Africa and the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme organised a regional meeting for Kenya and Tanzania 12-14 June. The meeting was a follow-up to national training workshops which were held in both countries in December last year. Read More... _______________________________________________________________________________________

UNODC and Germany Support Eastern Africa Law Enforcement Agencies to Prevent and Counter Terrorism

Dar es Salaam, 31 May 2019: This week in Tanzania, UNODC, with the support of the Government of Germany, brought together regional law enforcement and prosecution agencies from Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda as well as regional partners from INTERPOL and EAPCCO for a comprehensive counter-terrorism table top exercise. The event was the culmination of a multi-year counter-terrorism Programme and specialised training assistance delivered by UNODC in Eastern Africa. This Programme has focused on strengthening the intelligence and investigation capacities of law enforcement officials to prevent terrorist acts and to bring terrorists to justice. This table top exercise focused on a practical terrorism case scenario which required participants to work together in both a national and regional context in order to successfully resolve the case. Read More... _______________________________________________________________________________________

UNODC Youth Hosts a Side-Event at the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York and Awards the President of the UN General Assembly in Partnership with UN Habitat

New York, 8 April 2019 - UNODC hosted a side event at the ECOSOC Youth Forum. The side event began with a powerful speech from the Head of Criminal Justice at UNODC's Regional Office in Eastern Africa, Ms. Charity Kagwi. She emphasized that while it is often said that youth are Africa's defining challenge, they are also its greatest potential: "As youth, you are the present, the future and the only hope for a peaceful, just and sustainable world." During the forum, UNODC's Regional Youth Focal point, Ms. Wambui Kahara, handed an award to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, in partnership with UN Habitat. Read More... ___________________________________________________________________________________________





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