Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

UNODC Hosts and Participates in Training on the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement between the European Community and the United Nations (FAFA) and Pillar Assessed Grant or Delegation Agreement (PAGoDA)

Group Photo - Uganda Nairobi, 24 May 2018 - The European Union remains, and continues to grow into, an essential supporting partner to the agendas of United Nations Organisations. Sharing the same fundamental values of the United Nations, The European Commission exists as the largest financial contributor to the United Nations, in the context of both the regular budget and the funding of development assistance programmes, projects and peacekeeping operations. 

Against this backdrop, UNODC, in conjunction with the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), hosted and participated in a two-day training seminar on the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement between the European Community and the United Nations (FAFA) and Pillar Assessed Grant or Delegation Agreement (PAGoDA) on the 23 rd and 24 th of May. The event was opened by UNODC's Ms. Charity Kagwe, Head of the Anti-Corruption Pillar, who articulated UNODC's gratitude to all the participants and, in particular, the expert speakers hosting the Seminar and closed by Regional Representative Amado Philip de Andrés.   Read More

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CCPCJ Side Event on "Countering Smuggling of Migrants in Eastern Africa - Towards a Regional Plan of Action"

Group Photo - Uganda Vienna, 17 May 2018 - Smuggling of migrants is, by its very nature, a transnational crime requiring a transnational response. Considering the cross-border nature of the smuggling of migrants and its ever-increasing negative impact on the States and people of Eastern Africa, this crime cannot be sufficiently countered by any single country alone. This transnational threat requires a multi-jurisdictional response - a response that will see effective criminalization across the region, enhanced national criminal justice capacity to prevent, suppress and prosecute this crime, and improved international cooperation, including within the region. Hence, in order to discuss the need for a common political approach and policy harmonisation against migrant smuggling in Eastern Africa, UNODC together with GIZ presented a side event on "Countering Smuggling of Migrants in Eastern Africa - towards a Regional Plan of Action" during the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

Within the framework of the UNODC Global Programme against Smuggling of Migrants, UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021) entitled: "Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa", and the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme, the event provided a forum for exchanging expertise and experience on countering the smuggling of migrants in Eastern Africa region. Read More

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UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme hosts an event on Countering Narcotics Trafficking in the Indian Ocean

Group Photo - Uganda Vienna, 15 May 2018 - The last four years has seen a major shift in trafficking patterns of narcotics across the Indian Ocean from the Makran to the Swahili Coast. The number of seizures in the Indian Ocean have increased and landings on the East Coast of Africa are moving further south from Kenya and Tanzania to Mozambique.

During the CCPCJ in Vienna, UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) hosted an event on Countering Narcotics Trafficking in the Indian Ocean to discuss the possibilities of a legal finish to prosecute the crime of drug trafficking. The current maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean, supported by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), are clearly disrupting the perpetrators by seizing and disposal of the narcotics at sea. However, to achieve a deterrent effect on drug trafficking it is necessary to pursue legal action to ensure proper legal finish to prosecute the perpetrators.

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