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Issue 105 | March 1, 2018

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


Helping Uganda's Youth to "Line Up, Live Up" and Build Resilience Through Sports

In its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour amongst its large youth population, and to help young people stay away from crime and drug use, Uganda has partnered with UNODC to use sports and physical education to that end. Preparations started with a programming mission, piloting UNODC's evidence-informed life skills training "Line Up, Live Up", with the support of key Ugandan government and civil society actors. [Read more]


Japan renews support for UNODC's work on drug prevention, law enforcement and counter-terrorism

UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, to sign a funding agreement of over $28 million. The agreement supports several projects that aim to tackle illicit drugs, combat terrorism and strengthen law enforcement. [Read more]



Sahel: Governments achieve positive results with UN Support

The response to the security situation in the Sahel is undergoing a positive change. Despite numerous challenges and threats, Sahelian governments remain committed to developing their criminal justice systems against illicit trafficking, organized crime and terrorism and are increasingly cooperating with each other, bilaterally and within the G5 Sahel. [Read more]



Bolivia, UNODC sign Memorandum of Understanding to combat illicit drug trafficking

UNODC and the Government of Bolivia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), reiterating their commitment to combat transnational organized crime in international airports. Supported by the International Organization of Criminal Police (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), the agreement aims to implement the Airport Communications Project (AIRCOP) in Bolivia. [Read more]



UNODC and UNESCO join forces to promote a culture of lawfulness through education

UNODC and UNESCO announced a new project focussed on educating youth on a culture of lawfulness. The project is geared towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Goals 4 and 16, which call for quality education and the building of peace, justice and strong institutions. [Read more]




UNODC providing integrated support for justice, security in South Eastern Europe, says Executive Director

UNODC is advancing real-time, integrated cooperation to address justice and security challenges in South Eastern Europe, said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, speaking at the opening of the Ninth Steering Committee Meeting on the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. [Read more]



AEROMEXICO becomes first airline to join Blue Heart Campaign: #AQUIESTOY against human trafficking

Aeromexico joined the Blue Heart Campaign: #AquiEstoy contra la trata de personas (#HereIAm against trafficking in persons), becoming the first airline to promote this new awareness raising initiative. The partnership was unveiled at a ceremony attended by UNODC Representative in Mexico, Antonino De Leo; Aeromexico Director General, Andrés Conesa; and the Director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Mexico, Cuitláhuac Gutiérrez. [Read more]


A Unique MUN Guide to Promote the Rule of Law

For the first time, simulations on issues such as corruption, human trafficking and cybercrime, and addressing their related Sustainable Development Goals, have become more easily accessible, with UNODC's launch of its own resource guide. Designed and written by the Doha Declaration Global Programme's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, this new guide was launched in New York with a demonstration of its uses by UNODC. [Read more]



Experts meet in Vienna, discuss lawful access to digital data across borders

Aiming to build the capacity of investigators and prosecutors worldwide, UNODC, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) hosted a two-day expert group meeting in Vienna last week, entitled "Lawful Access to Digital Data Across Borders". [Read more]




UNODC stands with Colombia to build peace, sustainable alternative development, says Executive Director

UNODC Executive Director visited Colombia and met President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the Office's support for the country's continuing peace-building efforts. In November, Colombia and UNODC signed a project agreement, valued at around US$315 million, to monitor the country's policy to reduce illicit crops and strengthen rural development, in support of the peace process with the FARC. [Read more]


UNODC hosts screening of award-winning documentary on Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad

To a packed audience of dignitaries, diplomats and civil society leaders at the United Nations headquarters (UNHQ) in New York, UNODC hosted a special screening of 'On Her Shoulders,' the critically acclaimed award-winning documentary about Nadia Murad. From the refugee camps in Greece to the gilded halls of power, the documentary captures Nadia's experience as she repurposes unimaginable trauma into a powerful rallying cry for justice. [Read more]


Leading our children to a safer Internet, from preschool to high school

A safer Internet at every level is one of the goals of UNODC's work in countering cybercrime. The Doha Declaration Global Programme's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative has inspired new partnerships with dedicated organizations to further raise awareness of online risk, and to encourage affirmative reinforcement of children's own roles in ensuring their protection. [Read more]



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