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  • Crime Commission closes with call to tackle some of world’s most daunting challenges

    Photo: UNODCTerrorism, migrant smuggling and trafficking in cultural property are some of the world's most daunting challenges, UNODC Chief Yury Fedotov said today. "The magnitude of the problems we face is such that it is sometimes hard to imagine how any effort can be enough to confront them. But to quote Nelson Mandela, 'It always seems impossible until it is done.' We must keep working together, until it is done."

  • Violence against women and girls ‘shames every society,’ UNODC chief warns

    Photo:Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender bias at the heart of the "dreadful daily experiences of violence" that blight so many of their lives. "Violence against women and girls, in all its many forms, shames us all," UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said.

  • Addressing the challenges of foreign terrorist fighters at the 2015 Crime Commission

    Photo: UNODCThe growing involvement of individuals as foreign terrorist fighters both in armed conflicts and in terrorist activities represents an increasingly dangerous threat to international peace and security. With terrorist groups all recruiting foreign nationals, the threat posed by terrorism now encapsulates not just end-target countries, but also countries of origin and transit. At a side event during the Crime Commission, experts discussed suitable responses to this phenomenon.

  • Crime Commission discusses plight of smuggled migrants in Mediterranean region

    A sailor hands out water to rescued individuals on a Royal Navy Landing Craft, working with the Italian Coast Guard. Photo: JJ Massey.At a side event during the Crime Commission, participants addressed the different aspects of migrant smuggling. The Mediterranean Sea is one of the main routes for the smuggling of migrants, an activity which generates billions of dollars a year for criminal networks. Along this route, appalling tragedies have been occurring almost daily, as vulnerable women, children and men place their lives in the hands of organized criminals in order to reach Europe.

  • Migrant smuggling is a tragedy that cannot continue, says UNODC Chief at Crime Commission opening

    Photo: UNODCMigrant smuggling cuts across borders and is intimately linked with peace and security, human rights and development, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said today at the opening of the 24th Session of the Crime Commission. The Commission started with a call to promote a shared commitment to uphold the rule of law and prevent crime in all its many forms.

  • “No country can tackle the threats of drugs and crime alone,” says UNODC Chief at Central Asia meeting on illicit drugs

    Photo: UNODCCooperation and coordination are essential to counter the problem of illicit drugs in Central Asia, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in Turkmenistan, at an event - the renewing of a regional anti-drug trafficking pact known as the Sub-regional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - hosted by the Turkmen President and the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs.