Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Training of the future Nairobi Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force kicks off

18 January 2016 - The initial training of the future Nairobi Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force started today at Kenya Airport Authority training center.

The training was officially opened by a speech of Mr José Vila del Castillo UNODC Regional Representative, and there were also speeches of Mr Jean-Pierre Bardoul, representing the European Union, and Mr Samson Kimilu, Deputy Director of the Kenya Airport Authority. Read More


Ground Breaking at Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex

16 December 2015 - Today marked the occasion of the ground breaking at the site of the Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex (MPCC) in the Somali capital. This is a significant step towards providing the Somali justice system with the infrastructure and resources to conduct trials in a safe and secure environment for both prisoners and judicial staff. When completed, the MPCC will allow for justice to be administered in Mogadishu from a safe environment for judicial staff and prisoners, including high-risk detainees. The facility will also include a 1,000 bed human rights compliant prison that meets international standards.

The MPCC project is being undertaken in three Phases in partnership with the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), who have produced designs for the facility, tendered and will be overseeing construction on behalf of UNODC. Read More


UNODC signs an MOU with the government of Uganda to launch the Container Control Programme

03 December 2015 - The "Container Control Programme" (CCP), is a joint initiative between the UNODC and World Customs Organization (WCO), developed for the purpose of assisting governments in establishing sustainable enforcement structures in selected seaports and dry ports. These enforcement structures will minimize the risk of maritime containers being exploited for trafficking of various illicit goods, such as drugs, wildlife, precursor chemicals (for drugs and weapons), firearms, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear material, and other forms of organized crime activity.

Over the past year, UNODC and the Government of Uganda have been working on launching this initiative in the country, in order to support Ugandan efforts to tackle illicit trafficking issues.

At the heart of the CCP is the establishment of multi-agency Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU), to tackle shipments of illegal goods. In Uganda, the specialized unit will be pooling the strengths of Uganda Revenue Authority, the Uganda Police Force and the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Read More


Regional Dialogue on Drug Policy and HIV

28 November 2015 - The UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa hosted a regional dialogue on drug policy and HIV in November; a meeting  attended by high level representatives of drug control agencies from Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Uganda and Zambia. Also present and contributing to the rich discussions were delegates from civil society organizations, namely IDPC, KANCO, KENPUD, Omari Project, Reachout Centre Trust, as well as other UNAIDS co-sponsors, including UNDP and WHO. 

The objective of the dialogues was to foster a dynamic discussion among key stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa in the run-up to the UN General Assembly Special Sessions on Drugs and to the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, to be held in New York in 2016. Read More


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