UNODC, UAE Work towards Closer Ties to fighting Crime, Drug Threats

Abu Dhabi. 28 November 2010 - The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has held meetings with senior officials in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mr. Fedotov's meetings with representatives from the Ministries of Presidential Affairs (Ahmed Al Hamery, first deputy minister and secretary general of the ministry ), Interior (Lt Gen. Saif Al Shafar, deputy minister and head of the supreme council )and Foreign Affairs ( Dr Anwar Gragash Minister of state for foreign affairs ) were held against the backdrop of an enhanced working relationship which looks set to strengthen the country's responses to the interconnected threats of drugs, crime and terrorism in the region.

UNODC has established a sub-regional office in Abu Dhabi, which will officially be launched in first quarter of 2011 in partnership with the ministry of Interior.

Mr. Fedotov noted that "the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and UNODC is an expanding one. Abu Dhabi's leadership have expressed their interest to further the emerging partnership between the country and my Office - something which we are keen to do. As a critical area in the region, the United Arab Emirates is positioned both geographically and economically to make a tangible difference in fighting crimes such as in the trafficking of drugs and humans"

In recent years several critical initiatives have been developed between UNODC, the UAE and its neighbours in the Gulf. These include:

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For more information please contact:

In Abu Dhabi

Hatem Aly,

Representative, GCC Office

(+971-56) 123-5951


In Vienna

Preeta Bannerjee

Public Information Officer

(+43-699) 1459-5764