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- Unprecedented funding agreement between UNODC and Qatar leaves lasting legacy for Doha Declaration
A multi-million-dollar funding agreement between Qatar and UNODC was signed in Vienna. The agreement, totalling more than US$49 million and slated to run over four years, is to deliver projects related to justice, prisoners, youth and justice education. Speaking at the event, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov commended Qatar's support for the 13th Crime Congress and the leadership and commitment it has shown during and after the event.
- Drug money and opiate trafficking on the Balkan route, focus of new UNODC report
A new report launched today by UNODC shows that the total value of illicit heroin and opium trafficked from Afghanistan to Western Europe through the Balkans amounts to some $28 billion every year. Sixty-five per cent of this total ($18 billion) is generated in Western and Central Europe. The new Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe was also unveiled today, as one of the Office's responses in assisting countries in interdicting illicit financial flows.
- UNODC Chief’s Salvadoran mission strengthens relations with local government and the region
In a meeting yesterday with Salvadoran President Sanchez Cerén, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, praised El Salvador for its continuing efforts in countering illicit drugs, organized crime and violence in the country. "Over the last 20 years successive Salvadoran governments have worked tirelessly to combat organized crime. I note that El Salvador has called for the UN's support in these efforts."
- Latest Session of Conference on the UN Convention against Corruption reinforces message that corruption’s elimination is essential to the new sustainable development agenda
Addressing participants at the closing of the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said today that the Sustainable Development Goals had given the UN Convention against Corruption "renewed purpose and energy".
- COSP6 event emphasizes parliamentarians' role in global anti-corruption fight
A high-level panel on partnerships against corruption in the Pacific, held during the 6th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, applauded the commitment of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption in its fight against corruption.
- Education’s ability to shape next generation of leaders against corruption hailed at COSP6
In a statement today, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said it was crucial to shape "the minds of the next generations of leaders and thinkers" as part of overall efforts to eliminate corruption. Lauding the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative, Mr. Fedotov said UNODC fully supports "efforts to integrate anti-corruption education and courses by universities and other academic institutions into academic programmes".
- Tackling corruption, illicit financial flows and stolen assets critical to development, says UNODC Chief at COSP6
Speaking today at a side-event at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (COSP6) in St. Petersburg, Russia, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, hailed the identification of corruption and bribery as a target under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, and how tackling them is critical to promote economic growth and investment.
- Corruption feeds and sustains wildlife and forest crime
A Joint Statement was released today by UNODC and the international endangered wildlife trade body during a high level meeting on the UN Convention against Corruption. The Statement highlights corruption as an enabler of wildlife and forest crime and expresses its concern that, as it spirals and is fuelled by corrosive corruption, this crime can impede progress on the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.
- Global anti-corruption conference opens with simple message: To achieve sustainable development, we must end corruption
"The world counts on you to take bold decisions and act decisively to strengthen the global fight against corruption and bribery," the UN Secretary-General told the world's largest anti-corruption forum today in an opening message. The message was read out by UNODC's Executive Director to the more than 1,000 participants at the 6th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in St. Petersburg, Russia.