News archive 2021

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7-9 June 2021

UNODC Executive Director met with European Commission and Belgian government

UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly paid her first visit to Belgium. During a three-day visit, she met with the European Commission and the Belgian government to discuss UNODC's cooperation and support in the fight against the interconnected problems and threats of drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. more


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16 June 2021

UNODC and partners call for repositioning in urgent battle against wildlife crime

A grave concern across the globe, wildlife trafficking continues to represent a major form of organized crime. Fueling not only a danger of extinction for several species – a factor exacerbated by climate change and environmental degradation – but also the criminal networks behind this, trafficking is an existential threat everywhere. more

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30 June 2021

Enhancing Port Security in Comoros

Although Comoros does not present high levels of drug consumption, the islands are a significant trans-shipment point for heroin and other narcotics moving between Africa and Asia. Since 2020, UNODC, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Interpol have been working together on the European Union funded Port Security and Safety of Navigation project in nine countries in the Indian Ocean, including Comoros. more

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12 July 2021

Launch in Iraq of the new STRIVE action

The Government of Iraq, together with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), launched the STRIVE Juvenile project in Iraq with the aim to develop and implement comprehensive national responses to prevent and counter-terrorism and violent extremism affecting children and juveniles. more

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13 July 2021

Launch of the Libya project under the regional programme “Dismantling human trafficking and migrant criminal networks in North Africa”

Funded by the European Union, through the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), it aims at strengthening the capacities of Libyan authorities to prevent all forms of organized crime, including human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The programme is fully in line with the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which puts forward the need to promote tailor-made and mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries. more

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30 July 2021

UNODC strengthens Belgian and EU partnerships in support of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its partners across Belgium and at the European Union came together to underscore the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking. more

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23 August 2021

With the support of the European Union, UNODC donated a firearms marking equipment to the Ministry of Defense

Thanks to the financial support of the European Union, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) delivered a Micro Percussion Machine for Firearms Marking with the aim of identifying and locating, without difficulties, each of the firearms that enter and circulate in Bolivia and strengthen the efforts of national authorities to optimize the control of illicit trafficking of firearms. more

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6 October 2021

UNODC launches new website on the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT)

With a view to raising awareness on the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, as well as an understanding of its requirements and main provisions, UNODC developed a website entirely dedicated to ICSANT, which is intended to serve as a repository of all relevant information and existing resources on this international legal instrument. more

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18 October 2021

UNODC and partners mark EU Anti-Trafficking Day with events highlighting the need for cooperation to fight human trafficking

Every year around the 18 October, events are hosted across the European Union to inform, exchange and debate. This is also a chance to move forward important commitments and policies on this subject. This year, the European Commission unveiled their Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings 2021-2025, which served as the backdrop for the events that took place in various formats between 13 and 18 October 2021. more

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30 November 2021

Tackling wildlife and timber trafficking in Africa with UNODC Global Wildlife and Forest Crime Programme

On November 30th, UNODC Global Wildlife and Forest Crime Programme, in partnership with European Commission (DG INTPA) and African Union Commission organized the briefing on the current challenges of biodiversity loss in Pan-Africa, approaches to address wildlife and timber trafficking by supporting criminal justice system strengthening and how these approaches currently fit within the EU biodiversity agenda. more


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7 December 2021

EU and UNODC hold Strategic Dialogue on Africa

The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have organised an EU-UNODC Strategic Dialogue on Africa on 2 December 2021. The online event, co-chaired by EEAS Managing Director for Africa, Rita Laranjinha, and UNODC Director for Operations, Miwa Kato, gathered EU and UNODC representatives from Headquarters and across the African continent. more

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8 December 2021

UNODC and EU support the strengthening of the National Asset Forfeiture System in Angola 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Attorney General’s office in Angola launched PRO.REACT (Support the Strengthening of a National Asset Forfeiture System in Angola), a new project funded by European Union. more

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9 December 2021

OACPS and UNODC join forces to tackle corruption on International Anti-Corruption Day 2021

On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day 2021, the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) join forces to raise awareness of the strategic importance of tackling corruption; and to draw attention to the adverse impact of corruption on sustainable development, peace, security and human rights, nationally, regionally and internationally. more

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30 December 2021

UNODC presented the final report on the destruction of drugs seized in Bolivia in the 2021 administration

Within the framework of the Results Presentation of the Fight against Drug Trafficking, organized by the Ministry of Government, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) presented the Final Report on the Destruction of Drugs Seized in Bolivia in 2021. This activity is developed with funding from the European Union in Bolivia and in coordination with national counterparts. more