Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Regional Workshop to Fast-track the Implementation of  the Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

NAIROBI, 13 to 17 February 2017 - Members of the East African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (EAAACA), senior policy makers from the Eastern Africa region, development partners and Civil Society Organizations met in Nairobi for a five day workshop to foster partnerships, and fast track the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The regional workshop hosted by UNODC, and supported by the Foreign Commonwealth Office (United Kingdom), was held from 13 to 17 February 2017 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, and drew delegates from; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan.

Mr. Tim Steele, UNODC's Global Anti-Corruption Advisor emphasized that the objective of the workshop was to deliver an actionable outcome document which EAAACA member states could adopt in fast-tracking the implementation of UNCAC. Mrs. Charity Kagwi-Ndung'u, the Head of the Criminal Justice Programme at UNODC's Regional Office in Eastern Africa (ROEA), highlighted the intersections between corruption and the chronic problems of lack of development, bad governance and conflict, which she stated necessitated a regional multi-stakeholder strategy to effectively combat. Read More


Joining Forces to Restore the Lives of Vulnerable Children

12 January 2017 - The lives of some 100 vulnerable children in Ethiopia took a turn in 2016 that they could not have imagined only a year ago. They went from lives of destitution and fear, sleeping and toiling on the streets - or engaging in petty crime- to that of finding shelter, a safe place to learn and above all, hope in the future.

The partnership of UNODC with Salesians of Don Bosco - VIS , which kicked off in December 2015 with the aim of Rehabilitating and reintegrating children at risk and in conflict with the law, made this change happen: It gave a second chance to both boys released from detention and destitute street kids at risk of engaging in criminal activities and in conflict with the law. Read More



UNODC Executive Director, highlights need for regional cooperation to promote security, development

NAIROBI/VIENNA, 29 August (UN Information Service) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) and launched UNODC's new regional programme for Eastern Africa during a four-day visit to Nairobi, which concluded today.

In his meeting with the President, Mr Fedotov thanked President Kenyatta for Kenya's long-standing partnership with UNODC, including with the development of the new regional programme to support Eastern African countries in promoting the rule of law, and realizing security, justice and health targets under the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Regional cooperation and inclusive approaches to development are essential to confront the challenges of drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism," said Mr. Fedotov. He further emphasized that "UNODC remains committed to working with Kenya and the countries of Eastern Africa to build robust criminal justice responses to terrorism, corruption, wildlife and forest crime, maritime crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling; illicit drug trafficking and all other forms of organized crime."

During his visit, the UNODC Executive Director also met with other high-level officials from the region, and attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, where he addressed the session on promoting social stability for shared prosperity. Read More


UNODC Executive Director to visit Kenya

05 August, 2016 - From the 27 th to the 28 th of August 2016, Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UNODC will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to attend and address the 6 th Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) and meet government officials.

The Executive Director is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. He will also meet Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and other UN officials.

The Executive Director will launch the new UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa 2016-2021 at the Tribe Hotel on 29 August. The Attorney General of Kenya, Nairobi-based ambassadors, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ministers of Justice, officials from the African Union Peace and Security Department, senior officials from the Eastern Africa region, representatives from civil society organizations and the UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa will be taking part in the launch. Read More


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