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Government of the State of Eritrea Signs a Partnership Framework with UNODC 

Eritrea, Asmara -On 25 July 2019, UNODC and the Government of State of Eritrea momentously signed a Partnership Framework on further cooperation. The Signature was led by UNODC Director for Operations Ms. Miwa Kato, alongside Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Osman Saleh and Eritrea Resident Coordinator Ms. Susan Namondo Ngongi.

The Government of the State of Eritrea intends to partner with UNODC on three areas of interventions; Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice and Combating Transnational Organized Crime and International Cooperation. These areas are set to pave the way to help Eritrea realize Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 which aims to expand access to justice for all and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels. The furtherance of SDG 16 will also help Eritrea in their pursuit to achieve other SDGs such as Goal 10, aiming to reduce global inequalities, and Goal 8 targeted at promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

UNODC continues to be a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime challenges in the region in the area of human security. Through its five pillars; Countering Transnational Organized Crime Trafficking, Countering Corruption Terrorism Prevention, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Prevention of Drug Use, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders and HIV and AIDS Prevention and Care, UNODC continues to develop an extensive knowledge of the drug and crime situation in the region, and has strong cooperation links with relevant national authorities and partner organizations.