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- Stepping up the global response to trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants
Across the world, children, women and men are on the move for different reasons - some are fleeing conflict; others may be escaping serious human rights violations or poverty. Regardless of their specific reasons, too many of these perilous journeys are organized by smugglers. Against this backdrop, a high-level event was held at the Crime Commission on the recently launched GLO.ACT.
- Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new UNODC report
Today, UNODC launched its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of different species across the globe not only present real environmental dangers but ultimately undermine the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict. The report - part of UNODC's ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife and Forest Crime - also urges shared responsibility in tackling this crime.
- UNODC promotes innovative ways of tackling trafficking in cultural property
A new practical assistance tool to prevent trafficking in cultural property was launched by UNODC during this week's Crime Commission. Trafficking in cultural property is used to launder the proceeds of crime, and is an acknowledged source of terrorist financing. Recent events in Syria and Iraq have also shown the extreme vulnerability of historic sites to deliberate destruction that undermines a common heritage.
- UNODC-INTERPOL agreement creates partnership to tackle transnational organized crime and terrorism challenges
At a side event today, held on the margins of the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the Crime Commission), UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, and INTERPOL Secretary General, Juergen Stock, signed a cooperation arrangement focusing on operations against organized crime and terrorism.
- 25th Crime Commission opens with call to build resilient institutions in support of 2030 Development Agenda
Opening the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Crime Commission) in Vienna today, the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said justice and the rule of law can build resilient institutions that support the 2030 Development Agenda, particularly Goal 16. This, and the Doha Declaration, provide a clear roadmap for confronting links between poverty, security, crime and corruption, he said.
- 25th Crime Commission to focus on criminal justice responses to terrorism
The 25th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (called the Crime Commission) will examine how criminal justice responses can prevent and counter terrorism. Running from 23-27 May, the Crime Commission draws together around 1,000 participants from member states, civil society and academia to discuss the latest developments in crime prevention and criminal justice.
- Building trust in law is an essential part of our work in Vienna, says UNODC Executive Director
Attending the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, opened by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov delivered a keynote address on building trust in law to an audience of ministers of justice, chairs of constitutional courts, representatives of state bodies and law schools, partners in law firms, and heads of international organizations.
- UNODC Chief’s Cairo mission helps strengthen cooperation with Egypt to counter drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism
UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, reinforced the excellent cooperation existing between the organization and Egypt through bi-lateral meetings with high officials during his three-day mission to Cairo, this week. On the first day of the mission, the second Regional Programme for the Arab States (2016-2021) was signed at a high profile event with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr. Nabil El-Araby.
- I am your steadfast ally against corruption, terrorism and crime, UNODC Chief tells Nigerian President
Rounding off a three-day mission to Nigeria, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with President Muhammadu Buhari and emphasized his organization's unwavering support for the country. Mr. Fedotov also praised President Buhari's personal commitment against corruption and thanked him for Nigeria's participation in the review mechanism of the landmark UN Convention against Corruption which calls for states to be reviewed by two peers.