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Issue 101 | November 1, 2017  

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 UNODC marks UN Day with special event. Photo: UNODC UNODC marks UN Day with special event

UNODC celebrated UN Day at the Vienna International Centre with a special event showcasing its work. Through the Annual Report for 2016, which was presented at the event, participants learned what the Office does to combat drugs, organized crime, corruption, and terrorism. "Today's event is a moment in time to recognise the incredible diversity of UNODC's activities on behalf of Member States to make the world a safer place," said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. [Read more]

 

 

UNODC, UN volunteers help Niger process 230 terrorism cases in 60 days. Photo: UNODC UNODC, UN volunteers help Niger process 230 terrorism cases in 60 days

With the assistance of UNODC and United Nations volunteers, Niger has processed 230 cases involving terrorism suspects, including 11 women and 25 children, in 60 days. Amid growing terrorist threats posed by various armed groups such as Boko Haram, Niger established a legal framework in 2011, enabling stronger responses through a criminal law reform and the creation of a judicial unit specialized in counterterrorism. [Read more]

 

 

UNODC Chief calls on men leaders to address gender inequality, support women's empowerment UNODC Chief calls on men leaders to address gender inequality, support women's empowerment

Gender equality is vital for attaining the internationally agreed development goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov participated in an e-discussion on engaging #MaleChampions to support women's political participation. The interview was co-organized by the International Gender Champions and iKNOW Politics. [Read more]

 

 

Frontline Mediterranean: Region faces many urgent challenges, says UNODC Chief. Photo: UNODC Frontline Mediterranean: Region faces many urgent challenges, says UNODC Chief

The Mediterranean is on the frontline of numerous urgent threats faced by the international community, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said at the high-level political segment of an OSCE conference on advancing security and cooperation in the Mediterranean, held in Palermo, Italy. "This includes the targeting of migrants and refugees by organized criminal smugglers and human traffickers," he stated. [Read more]

 

 

Simone Monasebian, Head of the UNODC NY office, and Siddharth Kara, writer/producer of "Trafficked". Photo: UNODC UNODC hosts world premiere of 'Trafficked', spotlights global human trafficking

Lights, Camera, Action! United Nations Headquarters in New York was the backdrop for a prestigious red-carpet premiere of the movie 'Trafficked', a searing human trafficking drama inspired by true events. Hosted by UNODC, the movie premiered at a packed ECOSOC Chamber with distinguished attendees from Governments, civil society organizations, and the arts and media community. [Read more]

 

 

Stakeholders meet in Geneva to discuss Global Compact on Migration. Photo: UNODC Stakeholders meet in Geneva to discuss Global Compact on Migration

UNODC has been actively engaged in the global compact on migration preparatory process to date, and participated in the second multi-stakeholder hearing in Geneva. The forum provided an opportunity to hear the views of a broader group of stakeholders, including Governments, businesses, academic institutions, regional organizations and civil society. [Read more]

 

 

In Just Two Decades, Technology Has Become A Cornerstone Of Criminality. Image: UNODC In Just Two Decades, Technology Has Become A Cornerstone Of Criminality

Twenty years ago, a computer defeated the world's leading chess player; Steve Jobs re-joined Apple and countries agreed to merge two specialised bodies to form the UNODC. Back then, despite the steady march of progress, the Internet was just starting to impact homes and offices. Crime was mostly low tech. There was no global agreement on heinous crimes such as human trafficking, and not everyone considered corruption a crime. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC and Crime Stoppers International cement efforts to tackle organized crime in the Americas. Image: UNODC UNODC and Crime Stoppers International cement efforts to tackle organized crime in the Americas

Transnational organized crime groups, often funded by proceeds of criminal activities, exploit gaps in law enforcement to create new markets and expand their operations. To enhance international cooperation against transnational organized crime and to improve citizen security, UNODC keeps strengthening ties with crucial partners and participated at the 38th Annual Conference of Crime Stoppers International held in Panama City, Panama. [Read more]

 

 

Ahead of international launch in 2018, Namibia hosts final regional preparatory meeting for the establishment of the Global Judicial Integrity Network. Image: UNODC Ahead of international launch in 2018, Namibia hosts final regional preparatory meeting for the establishment of the Global Judicial Integrity Network

The final regional preparatory meeting for the Global Judicial Integrity Network was held in Namibia for Anglophone and Lusophone African countries. Chief Justices and senior judges from 17 countries gathered to add their voices to what will be the world's first-ever global platform dedicated exclusively to upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system. [Read more]

 

 

Joining forces to tackle corruption: UNODC hosts inter-regional workshop on asset recovery. Photo: UNODC Joining forces to tackle corruption: UNODC hosts inter-regional workshop on asset recovery

International cooperation is indispensable to eradicate the corrosive effects of corruption. The process of tracing, freezing, confiscating and returning the stolen assets to their country of origin is usually a complex and lengthy one, involving multiple jurisdictions and often complicated by technical, legal or political barriers. UNODC hosted an inter-regional workshop on international cooperation in asset recovery and confiscation. [Read more] 

 

 

In partnership with UNODC, second Global Youth Leadership Forum takes place in Spain. Photo: UNODC In partnership with UNODC, second Global Youth Leadership Forum takes place in Spain

Amid global challenges that the twenty-first century presents, eminent figures in politics, the private sector, civil society and academia recently gathered at the Global Youth Leadership Forum to discuss the main problems facing the international community and ways to address them. Following last year's success and positive feedback from participants, the second edition of the Forum took place in the Magdalena Palace of Santander, Spain. [Read more]

 

 

Eastern Africa: UNODC strengthens SDG implementation through comprehensive trainings. Image: UNODC

Eastern Africa: UNODC strengthens SDG implementation through comprehensive trainings

Through its work at the global, regional and national levels, UNODC provides support to Member States in reaching their targets under the 2030 Agenda. Acknowledging that the successful implementation of this ambitious agenda requires mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals into actions and strengthening capacity in the field, UNODC organized a multi-step training workshop for its staff in Nairobi, Kenya. [Read more]

 

 

UNODC Chief: justice on the high seas needed to safeguard lives and livelihoods. Photo: UNODC UNODC Chief: justice on the high seas needed to safeguard lives and livelihoods

Countering maritime crime and ensuring justice on the high seas can safeguard lives and livelihoods, protect human rights, and help realize the Sustainable Development Goals, UNODC Chief Yury Fedotov said. "Piracy, drug trafficking, wildlife crime, human trafficking, migrant smuggling: transnational organized crime represents a major threat to security and safety at sea and on land," he said. [Read more]

 

 

Singapore and UNODC conduct pilot regional training programme to strengthen control of new psychoactive substances. Photo: UNODC Singapore and UNODC conduct pilot regional training programme to strengthen control of new psychoactive substances

The Government of Singapore and UNODC organized a joint training programme on "Regional Law Enforcement in New Psychoactive Substances" was conducted in Singapore. Participating were 23 officials from 11 South-East Asian and Pacific Island countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam. [Read more]

 

 

UNODC salutes donations of Italy & others to UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons. Photo: UNODC UNODC salutes donations of Italy & others to UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

"My warmest thanks to Italy and the other countries who have so generously given money to the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children," the Chief of UNODC Yury Fedotov said, adding that: "Donations are the Trust Fund's lifeblood. So far, they have helped thousands of victims around the world. We will now pour every single cent of this new funding into helping the victims of today become tomorrow's survivors." [Read more]

 

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