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Issue 79 | November 09, 2015

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Sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2-6 November 2015. Photo: UNIS Vienna Latest session of anti-corruption Conference reinforces message that corruption's elimination is essential

Addressing participants at the closing of the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (COSP6), UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, said that the Sustainable Development Goals had given the UN Convention against Corruption "renewed purpose and energy". He added that with the new development agenda, "we have been given a fresh sense of mission; one that we must not fail."
 

Photo: ICBF / UNODC Children's restorative justice activities support peacebuilding in Colombia

UNODC's activities in Colombia include justice for children efforts. Restorative justice for children seeks to repair the damage caused by child offenders through alternative mechanisms of conflict resolution such as mediation and community service involving the offender, the victim and the community In this context, UNODC implements restorative justice practices and peacebuilding activities for children in detention. 
 

Side event held by UNODC-supported Anti-Corruption Initiative at the COSP6 spotlights winning hearts and minds of tomorrow's leaders for anti-corruption fight. Photo: UNODC Education's ability to shape next generation of leaders against corruption hailed at COSP6

UNODC Executive Director stated, it was crucial to shape "the minds of the next generations of leaders and thinkers" to eliminate corruption. Lauding the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative, Mr. Fedotov said that UNODCsupports "efforts to integrate anti-corruption education and courses by universities and other academic institutions into academic programmes".

 

Photo: UNODC Tackling corruption, illicit financial flows, stolen assets critical to development, says UNODC Chief at COSP66

Speaking at a side-event at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (COSP6), UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, hailed the identification of corruption and bribery as a target under Goal 16 of the SDGs, and how tackling them is critical to promote economic growth and investment.

 

Elephant tusks. Photo: InterpolCorruption feeds and sustains wildlife and forest crime

A Joint Statement was released today by UNODC and the international endangered wildlife trade body during a high level meeting on the UN Convention against Corruption. The Statement highlights corruption as an enabler of wildlife and forest crime and expresses its concern that, as it spirals and is fuelled by corrosive corruption, this crime can impede progress on the newly adopted SDGs.

 

Sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2-6 November 2015. Global anti-corruption conference: To achieve sustainable development, we must end corruption

"The world counts on you to take bold decisions and act decisively to strengthen the global fight against corruption and bribery," the UN Secretary-General told the anti-corruption forum in an opening message, which was read out by UNODC's Executive Director at the 6th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption.

 

Photo: L'Osservatore Romano UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov: Statement following his private audience with Pope Francis

"It was a great pleasure to meet with Pope Francis. I warmly congratulated him on his inspirational address at the UN General Assembly during the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in late September," stated the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, following a private audience with Pope Francis.

 

UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium, Ozark Henry Ozark Henry appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium against human trafficking

UNODC has appointed Piet Goddaer (Ozark Henry) as its new National Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking. The appointment of the artist is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support to tackle human trafficking. Mr. Goddaer is set to work with UNODC to reach out to significant audiences both nationwide and abroad.

 

Photo: UNODC UNODC Chief underlines rule of law's role in shielding development at meeting with Italian President

According to the head of UNODC, the adoption of the sustainable development goals acknowledged that the rule of law is essential for protecting the international development agenda. In a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella Yury Fedotov stated that transnational organized crime is a clear and present challenge.

 

2015 Afghanistan Opium Survey (Executive Summary)After six years on the rise, Afghan opium crop cultivation declines: new UNODC survey

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan decreased 19 % in 2015, compared to the previous year, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation in 2015 is estimated to be 183,000 hectares (ha), compared with 224,000 ha in 2014.

 

Photo: UNODCIn Nigeria, UNODC works to promote respect for human rights during terrorism prosecutions

Terrorism poses major threat to international peace and security and undermines the core values of the UN. UNODC believes that to combat it, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is critical. UNODC works to mainstream human rights standards into all aspects of its counter-terrorism related legislative assistance and capacity-building work.

 

Photo: PROFEPA, MexicoProtecting wildlife from criminals focus of regional meeting in Mexico

UNODC and the Mexican attorney for environmental protection recently organized a regional conference on Wildlife and Forest Crime. Delegates from 15 countries in the Americas, partner organizations and observers from other regions are invited. On the focuse is the need to prevent, detect and combat wildlife and forest crimes all over the world.

 

Women make tremendous contributions to the world, but violence, discrimination hold them back

The new Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted, with SDG 5 on gender equality calling for the elimination of all forms of violence and the end of discrimination against women and girls. Notable speakers discussed the role of women in crime prevention and criminal justice on an event held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

UNODC Strategy on Addressing the Global Prison Crisis. Photo: UNODCUNODC's strategic response to global prison challenges

Many prisons around the world are overcrowded and in dire condition, prison staff are often overstretched and overwhelmed by high-risk prisoners, and violence and human rights violations are key concerns. The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, or the 'Nelson Mandela Rules' will enable countries to strengthen prison management and drastically improve the treatment of prisoners.

 

Exhibition "Azerbaijan customs services: guarding cultural heritage" by the Government of Azerbaijan. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Nineteenth session (Vienna, 17-19 May 2010). Photo: UNODCGlobal initiative to counter the destruction and trafficking of cultural property

The initiative "Protecting Cultural Heritage - An Imperative for Humanity" was presented on 27 September by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan with the participation of principals from UNODC, UNESCO and INTERPOL and ministers from a number of UN Member States on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals: Steering the United Nations towards 2030

2015 is a landmark year for the United Nations: not only is it the Organization's 70th anniversary, it also sets out an ambitious new agenda and benchmarks for sustainable development - this by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide the overarching work of all Governments, aid providers such as the civil society and private sector.

 

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