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Issue 113 | October 31, 2018

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news.



UN Secretary-General calls for urgent action on world drug problem as High-level General Assembly week kicks-off; UN Photo / Mark Garten UNODC trains experts to disrupt financing of terrorist networks

Terrorists require financing to recruit and support members, maintain logistics hubs, and conduct operations. Preventing terrorist financing is therefore crucial to countering these threats. Since many States lack the legal and operational frameworks and technical expertise to address such financing, UNODC has developed a training course to provide support. The latest course was held in Cairo, Egypt, early October, with support from several partners. [Read more]


Coca Crops in Colombia at all-time high, UNODC Report finds; Photo: UNODC UNODC and UNDP launch manual to help measure progress against corruption

Success in fighting corruption is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But gathering reliable anti-corruption data and measuring progress presents a major challenge, for all countries. UNODC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) therefore developed a "Manual on Corruption Surveys", which helps measure bribery and other forms of corruption through sample surveys. [Read more]


Ecuador's flagship airline TAME EP joins Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking; Photo: UNODC UNODC and Egypt sign agreement to strengthen cooperation against crime

UNODC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Prosecutor General of Egypt, reflecting the long-standing partnership aimed at strengthening Egypt's criminal justice system. The (MoU), signed on 15 October, provides a framework that will further facilitate cooperation and collaboration to better combat criminal threats. [Read more]



UNODC takes E4J's Model UN Guide to India; Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe High-level Panel underscores need for holistic and coordinated response in fight against human trafficking

High-level representatives of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), which brings together UN agencies and other international organizations to prevent and combat this crime, met at a side-event at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. [Read more]



UNODC empowers Southeast European Civil Society Organisations to fight corruption UNODC Executive Director welcomes governments' decision on review mechanism for Palermo Convention

Yury Fedotov welcomed the agreement of Member States to strengthen action against organized crime under the Palermo Convention. The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime concluded with agreement on a resolution on the establishment of a mechanism for reviewing implementation of the Convention and its Protocols on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and firearms.


UNODC hosts Red Carpet Screening of "Love Sonia" on the International Day of the Girl Child

United Nations Headquarters in New York was the backdrop for a prestigious packed red-carpet screening of "Love Sonia", a searing human trafficking drama inspired by true events. Hosted by UNODC and the NGO Apne Aap, on the International Day of the Girl Child, over 400 distinguished representatives from Governments, civil society, and the arts and media community were in attendance.



Prosecutors from Africa and Europe agree closer cooperation against human trafficking and migrant smuggling; Photo: UNODC From Opium to Coffee: Green Gold Cooperative Exports its First Container of Coffee to Europe

On 12 October, the Green Gold cooperative celebrated a milestone when it exported its first container of select coffee to the European market. Its 2018 harvest came from 60 villages across Myanmar. The achievement is a remarkable steppingstone for a community of farmers that has made great strides in breaking its dependency on opium poppy cultivation. [Read more]



More than 5,800 kilograms of cocaine seized in maritime enforcement operation "Sports Bag-2"; Photo: UNODC

Strengthening offender reintegration in Asia: UNODC and Singapore conduct regional training workshop on correctional rehabilitation

Prisoner rehabilitation is both key to protecting society from crime as well as helping prisoners be better prepared for their release. Training and reintegration initiatives, coupled with post-release support, are essential towards reducing recidivism. Working to this end, UNODC and the Government of Singapore conducted a joint regional training workshop on correctional rehabilitation [Read more].


Key Border Control Strategies identified at UNODC's Annual Law Enforcement Experts Meeting; Photo: UNODC UNODC and International Olympic Committee enter partnership to tackle corruption in sport

While the presence of corruption and criminality surrounding sport is not a new phenomenon, the last decade has seen a noticeable increase in illegal activities designed to exploit sports for illicit gain. With the realization that many of the most profitable illegal activities involve a strong international dimension, UNODC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) signed an agreement to fight competition manipulation and related corruption in sport. [Read more]


UNODC, IBM and Pasos Libres Foundation organize Colombia's first hackathon against human trafficking; Photo: UNODC Executive Director congratulates UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad on Nobel Peace Prize

Yury Fedotov congratulated Nadia Murad Basee Taha, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 5 October. "The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is truly a well-deserved honour for our UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad, who has been a brave and powerful voice for survivors of human trafficking and victims of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict," he said. [Read more]


UNODC regional workshop seeks to strengthen fight against organized crime in East Africa; Photo: UNODC Ibero-American network of public prosecutors agrees to develop joint investigation teams

Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are global concerns. Supporting regional coordination efforts in the fight against these crimes is therefore critical, and a UNODC priority. The fourth meeting of the Ibero-American network of specialized prosecutors on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants (REDTRAM) was held from 26 to 28 September in Buenos Aires. [Read more]



Heads of UN Office of Counter-Terrorism and UNODC sign Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement

Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov, and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, held a joint briefing for Permanent Missions in Vienna on 2 October. They informed Member States about the current status of the implementation of the first institutional reform of the UN Secretary-General to review counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations. They also briefed on the fruitful cooperation between UNODC and UNOCT in this field. [Read more]


E4J materials: an integral part of El Salvador's national school campaign on cybercrime prevention

Under the slogan 'Enjoy and take care of yourself on the Internet,' the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, through its Vice Ministry of Science and Technology, launched a national campaign using UNODC educational materials. Developed by the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, the materials included The Online Zoo book and modules designed to assist teachers in early media education as they explain to children the challenges of being online. [Read more] 


UNODC programme to fight cross-border trafficking expands to China-Pakistan frontier

In the coming decade, major regional infrastructure upgrades in Southeast Asia are expected to lead to freer movement of people and goods and increased economic growth. These welcome developments will, however, also provide more opportunities for organized criminal groups to traffic illicit goods and smuggle across border.The UNODC-supported Border Liaison Offices network is now being expanded to the China-Pakistan frontier. [Read more]


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