News from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Government of the State of Eritrea Signs a Partnership Framework with UNODC

Asmara, On 25 July 2019 - UNODC and the Government of State of Eritrea momentously signed a Partnership Framework on further cooperation. The Signature was led by UNODC Director for Operations Ms. Miwa Kato, alongside Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Osman Saleh and Eritrea Resident Coordinator Ms. Susan Namondo Ngongi. Read More....  _______________________________________________________________________________________

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... _______________________________________________________________________________________


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