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Issue 70 | April 02, 2015

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here.


Photo: UNODC Preventing crime to build sustainable development: Crime Congress 2015

Every five years policy-makers and practitioners working in crime prevention and criminal justice gather for the United Nations Crime Congress to help shape the agenda and standards of the UN in this area. The Thirteenth Crime Congress being held in Doha, Qatar, from 12-19 April 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of these meetings and is set to consider how best to integrate these important areas into the United Nations' global work. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC UNODC launches new global initiative to boost criminal justice responses to foreign terrorist fighters

The growing involvement of individuals as Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) has resulted in an increasingly dangerous threat to international peace and security.  In response, UNODC has launched a new initiative aimed at bolstering countries' criminal justice responses to this phenomenon. The initiative will assist Member States in criminalizing the FTF phenomenon, in areas such as terrorist recruitment, financing, and training, among others. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC SHERLOC: Building knowledge and cooperation against organized crime

With criminal groups transforming into ever more sophisticated networks, and their ability to operate across borders increasing, the need for greater information sharing and cooperation is urgent. To meet this need, UNODC has developed SHERLOC: an online knowledge management portal for 'Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime' and disseminating information on how States implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. [Read more]

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