Minister Moro receives new UNODC director

Brasília, 13 February 2020 - The new director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Brazil, Elena Abbati, of Italian nationality, met with the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Sergio Moro, in order to present herself and make the office available to the Ministry for the elaboration of cooperation projects, in the various areas of competence of both institutions. The representative took the opportunity to invite the Minister to participate in the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Crime Congress), to be held in the city of Kyoto, Japan, from 20 to 27 April.

During the meeting they discussed a project, underway with the National Secretariat of Justice, on human trafficking.  The TRACK4TIP Programme, which began in 2019 and will run until 2022, is a UNODC initiative, supported by the United States Department of State. It includes eight countries in South America and the Caribbean:  Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao and Aruba. The objective of the programme is to improve the regional criminal justice response to human trafficking, targeting a multidisciplinary victim-centered approach, and acting at the local regional level to identify, prevent and prosecute cases.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime representative expressed an interest in collaborating with the Ministry in activities related to the Anti-Crime Law to combat organised crime and corruption. Measures to combat crime in border areas were also the subject of the conversation.

Minister Sergio Moro reported on the progress made last year, related to the management of seized assets, a work that has been carried out with the National Secretariat for Drug Policy. In this sense, UNODC invited the ministry to participate in the reformulation of guidelines, which were prepared by the United Nations Office on the topic.

The Office's work is based on the three international drug control conventions, the conventions against transnational organized crime and against corruption and the international instruments against terrorism. UNODC's mandate covers two broad areas: health and the rule of law.

These areas include themes such as drug control and the fight against transnational organized crime, human trafficking, corruption, money laundering and terrorism, as well as alternative development and HIV prevention among drug users and people deprived of their liberty.

With information from Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP)


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