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Issue 106 | March 30, 2018 

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here .

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UNODC and IOM launch new initiative to counter migrant smuggling. Photo: European Union UNODC and IOM launch new initiative to counter migrant smuggling

Two UN agencies are joining forces to combat migrant smuggling. IOM and UNODC recently organized an event at the UN in Vienna centring on a Joint Platform on Countering Migrant Smuggling. Opening the event, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: "We must work together to deny criminals the means and opportunity, to protect the lives and safety of people, and end the impunity of smugglers." [Read More]

 

East Africa: UNODC organizes anti-corruption conference on whistleblower protection, public procurement. Photo: UNIS Vienna East Africa: UNODC organizes anti-corruption conference on whistleblower protection, public procurement

Further steps were taken towards the creation of a regional forum on anti-corruption in public procurement for Eastern Africa as 35 governmental representatives and civil society organizations recently gathered in Arusha, Tanzania to discuss public procurement and whistleblower protection. [Read More]

 

 

Consensus key to advancing balanced action on drugs, says UNODC Executive Director. Image: UNODC Consensus key to advancing balanced action on drugs, says UNODC Executive Director

Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, highlighted the importance of consensus in addressing world drug challenges at the conclusion of the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which took place in Vienna. Speaking at the closing session, Mr. Fedotov commended the efforts of the CND to discuss and agree joint solutions. [Read More]

 

 

Empowering women and girls when tackling drugs and crime: UNODC, United Nations in Vienna launch new gender equality strategy. Image: UNODC Empowering women and girls when tackling drugs and crime: UNODC, United Nations in Vienna launch new gender equality strategy

Drugs and crime continue to affect societies all over the world but their impact on women and girls can be different. This is being addressed in the new Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for UNODC and the United Nations Office at Vienna, which has been presented at a side-event of the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. [Read More]

 

CND offers 'opportunity to chart a better and balanced path' forward says UNODC Executive Director CND offers 'opportunity to chart a better and balanced path' forward says UNODC Executive Director

"With the UN General Assembly special session consensus as our blueprint, we can promote efforts to stop organized crime while protecting human rights, enabling development and ensuring rights-based treatment and support," Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message at the opening session of the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs. [Read More]

 

UNODC Laboratory Chief: supply reduction, capacity building and multilateral action key to address opioid crisis. Image: UNODC UNODC Laboratory Chief: supply reduction, capacity building and multilateral action key to address opioid crisis

Drug abuse and addiction continue to be a public health, developmental and security challenge in both industrialized and developing countries. Among growing concerns is the opioid crisis as recent years have seen a sharp rise in related overdose deaths, mainly in North America and, to a certain extent, in Europe. "Efforts must focus on early warning systems, prevention by risk communication, legislative responses, capacity building and supply reduction," Chief of the UNODC Laboratory and Scientific Section said. [Read More]

 

Helping the authorities in Mali go after the terrorists' money. Image: Carly Learson/UNDP Liberia Helping the authorities in Mali go after the terrorists' money

Mali is facing a unique combination of threats associated with various kinds of illicit trafficking and terrorism. Disrupting the flow of funding to terrorist groups through targeted financial sanctions is one way to reduce threats in the country, which will also benefit the region. To help law enforcement agencies better understand these threats, UNODC has developed a training course on advance financial disruption techniques. [Read More]

 

UNODC co-hosts world premiere of 'The Forgiven', spotlights need for reformation and social rehabilitation of prisoners. Photo: UNODC UNODC co-hosts world premiere of 'The Forgiven', spotlights need for reformation and social rehabilitation of prisoners

Lights, Camera, Action! Hollywood, California was the backdrop for a prestigious red-carpet premiere of the movie 'The Forgiven', a searing drama based on true events. Co-hosted by UNODC, the movie recently premiered in Los Angeles, with distinguished attendees from the arts and media community. [Read More]

 

 

Photo: Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov UNODC Executive Director and Goodwill Ambassador Open High Level Conference on Sustainable Development for Southeast Asian Justice and Public Security Officials

UNODC, the Government of Thailand and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) recently hosted a High Level Conference on Sustainable Development, Crime Prevention and Safe Societies at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The Conference was opened by UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol. [Read More]

 

While in Bangkok, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov highlights the need to strengthen criminal justice to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: UNPhoto_MarkGarten While in Bangkok, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov highlights the need to strengthen criminal justice to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, urged governments to promote greater cooperation to comprehensively address justice, governance and sustainable development. Mr. Fedotov spoke at the High-Level Conference on Sustainable Development, Crime Prevention and Safe Societies in Bangkok. [Read More]

 

On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet's big cats On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet's big cats

Big cats, the planet's most majestic predators, are under increasing threat - mostly caused by human activities - and on the 2018 World Wildlife Day the United Nations joined the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said: "the spotlight falls on the world's big cats," which include species such as cheetahs, pumas and snow leopards, found from Africa to Asia and the Americas. [Read More]

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