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23/10/2017 - In Just Two Decades, Technology Has Become A Cornerstone Of Criminality (Huffington Post UK)

02/03/2017 - When extinction knocks, there are no second chances (Huffington Post UK)

23/01/2017 - Violent extremism in prisons (Express Tribune, Die Presse)

09/12/2016 - Culture of lawfulness beats corruption (Jakarta Post)

28/11/2016 - We must change how we view domestic violence (The National)

25/10/2016 - At the UN, every day Is staff day (Huffington Post UK)

09/19/2016 - Prosecution without persecution: tackling criminals, while respecting migrants' rights (Huffington Post)

18/08/2016 - The future of fighting transnational crime may lie in the Internet of things (New vision)

04/07/2016 - International drug policy is not an end, it is the means to put people first (Huffington Post)

03/03/2016 - World wildlife day: Animals are being slaughtered one by one, not saved two by two

30/07/2015 - Was wir alle gegen Menschenhandel tun können (Die Presse)

27/05/2015 - The U.N. at 70: drugs and crime are challenges for sustainable development (Inter Press Service)

15/04/2015 - On the tragic deaths of migrants off the coast of Libya (UNTV)

13/04/2015 - No lasting peace without human rights and rule of law (UN Radio)

25/02/2015 - Cutting crime 'manifestly important' to sustainable development, UN Assembly told (UN News Centre)

17/12/2014 - Confronting criminals, protecting vulnerable migrants (EUobserver)

03/12/2014 - UN body proposes global financial intel sharing to fight India's black money problem (Times of India)

10/11/2014 - In Afghanistan, UN crime chief pledges support to combat 'disastrous' drug trade, corruption (UN News Centre)

28/10/2014 - Legalisierung löst das Drogenproblem nicht (Wiener Zeitung)

17/10/2014 - The Survivors (Inter Press Service)

10/10/2014 - We need bold steps, decisive action to fight challenge of human trafficking (Cape Times)

06/10/2014 - Interview with the Executive Director (Itar-Tass)

17/09/2014 - A free pass for drug traffickers at sea (The Wall Street Journal)

01/09/2014- How wildlife and forest crime undermines development and ravages global biodiversity (UN Chronicle)

27/08/2014 - We cannot stand idly by while cheetahs are hunted to extinction (The National)

30/07/2014 - U.N. battles for more people-trafficking convictions (Reuters)

30/07/2014 - Give hope back to victims (Mondiaal Niuews)

13/05/2014 - UN crime chief urges global action to disrupt 'ruthless' illegal wildlife trade (UN News Centre)

03/03/2014 - How tracking their financial footprint can keep the poachers from the animal trail (South China Morning Post)

24/02/2014 - Scheinfirmen, schlupflöcher, langer Atem (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

18/12/2013 - Stop smugglers making a profit from migrants (EUobserver)

11/12/2013 - Building connectivity against drugs and crime (Hurriyet)

20/11/2013 - Integrity and transparency needed to cure corruption in business (South China Morning Post)

12/11/2013 - Migrant martyrs (Project Syndicate)

11/10/2013 - Male violence, our silence (Project Syndicate)

26/09/2013 - Wildlife crime ranks among trafficking in drugs, arms and humans (The Guardian)

26/09/2013 - UN broadens counter-piracy offensive (Fairplay)

28/07/2013 - Breaking down the walls: Five things that can help address Hepatitis B and C in prisons

03/07/2013 - How Tereshkova reached the stars (Moscow Times)

05/07/2013 - Drug conventions the best tools to fight the spread of illicit drugs

19/06/2013 - A decade of action needed to end human trafficking (

21/05/2013 - Children in detention (Neue Zircher Zeitung)

21/03/2013 - Drug prevention wise investment for future of young and vulnerable

11/03/2013 - Addressing global scourge of illicit drugs (

05/03/2013 - Young people and new psychoactive substances (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

26/02/2013 - Crime is destabilising West Africa (European Voice)

22/02/2013 - New psychoactive substances (Neue Zircher Zeitung)

14/11/2012 - Interview with OPEC Fund for International Development magazine on HIV and AIDS (pdf)

27/01/2011 - Businesses need to clean up their act (Financial Times)


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to participate in the opening of this important event organized by OSCE. The objectives of this forum are timely.

International terrorism threatens all of us and claims the lives of many innocent people around the world.

Terrorism's evolving tactics and methods, as well as its technical sophistication make it a growing challenge to the international community.

Terrorists are searching for our weaknesses to advance their goals and to evade justice. They are limited by no boundaries, and are often aided by modern technologies, such as the Internet.

The terrorists are broadening their support bases through recruitment.

Countering radicalization is one of our most important tasks, but it is also probably one of the hardest.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that every state apply the highest standards of the rule of law.

Although it is ambitious, the full adherence by all States to the international legal framework against terrorism is central to providing transparency, legitimacy and accountability in the global fight against terrorism.

UNODC's role is to support the international community to achieve universal ratification and implementation of the international legal instruments related to the prevention and suppression of terrorism.

The promotion and implementation of relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions related to terrorism, is also a key feature of our work.

But, there is also a much bigger challenge. We must ensure that there are no safe havens for terrorists.

UNODC also supports States' efforts to build strong and responsive criminal justice systems worldwide.

Our goal is to provide criminal justice officers the necessary knowledge and technical tools to better investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorist cases.

No terrorist must be allowed to escape appropriate punishment.

Recently, UNODC has launched a unique tool to assist practitioners to effectively prosecute and criminalize terrorist cases involving use of the Internet.

UNODC has also developed partnerships with regional and international organizations to help build criminal justice systems grounded in the rule of law and respect for human rights.

UNODC and OSCE have a long history of excellent cooperation in the area of preventing and combating terrorism. The specialized nature of UNODC's and OSCE's counter-terrorism assistance is complementary.

Fresh impetus for building upon this foundation has been given by the UNODC/OSCE Joint Action Plan to strengthen synergies and capitalize on our comparative advantages.

I would also mention global cooperation with international mechanisms, such as the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, especially the working group on Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.

UNODC has contributed to the preparation of the Rabat Memorandum that enshrines good practices f or an effective response to terrorism.

Mr Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the 21 st century, establishing fair and robust criminal justice systems guided by human rights, must be at the core of global efforts to fight terrorism.

For this reason, the initiative of holding this conference could not have come at a better time.

I thank OSCE for organizing this event.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to raise awareness and exchange ideas on implementing effective criminal justice responses to terrorism.

I wish you all a productive debate.

Thank you.