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UNODC, government of Japan review joint plan of action

Vienna, 19 January 2014 - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met with Kenji Hiramatsu, Deputy Vice-Minister and Director General of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry of Japan, to review a joint plan of action aimed at strengthening cooperation.

In the action plan, UNODC and Japan pledged to enhance regional cooperation in Africa as well as in Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, and Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. The plan, which was signed in 2013 following the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), also identifies priority areas of cooperation, including terrorism, trafficking in drugs, human trafficking and cybercrime.

"The joint plan of action has further enhanced the strong cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Government of Japan in addressing the challenges of drugs and crime around the globe," said Mr. Fedotov, following the meeting with Mr. Hiramatsu and other officials on 16 January.

"I welcome this initiative and hope we can continue with the practice of an annual review to help ensure that are our responses are as effective as possible."

The Executive Director added: "This review enabled us to assess the results of the joint action plan, in areas ranging from counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics to border control and addressing cybercrime. It also provided an important opportunity to explore further avenues of cooperation, including to strengthen crime prevention and criminal justice action against challenges such as human trafficking and violence against women."

For more information, please contact:

Sonia Yee
UNODC Programme Officer, Communications
Telephone: (+43- 1) 26060-4990
Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-4990
Email: sonya.yee[at]unvienna.org

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