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Issue 107 | May 2, 2018 

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UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme reports record high cocaine seizures in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: UNODC

UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme reports record high cocaine seizures in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Every year, more than 720 million containers move around the globe by sea, transporting 90 per cent of the world's cargo. Most carry licit goods, but some are being used to smuggle drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods. Amid threats posed by transnational organized crime, UNODC and WCO, through the Container Control Programme, seek to detect and disrupt the flow of illicitly trafficked goods, while facilitating legitimate trade and raising state revenues.[Read More]

 

A psychologist talks to a young woman victim of rape at the UNICEF supported 'Rodnik' shelter for child trafficking victims in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo: UNICEF/UN045589/Pirozzi UNODC, Internet Watch Foundation team up to tackle online child sexual abuse imagery

Belize has become the most recent member to join the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) growing global Portals network by adopting a technical reporting solution for online child sexual abuse imagery. The Portal, supported by UNODC, will enable the public to report suspected illegal content anonymously.[Read More]

 

 

Keep Running: Chinese celebrities supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. Image: UNODCKeep Running: Chinese celebrities supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

Seven leading Chinese celebrities, including actors, singers, film directors, a fashion model and a racing driver gave their support to the  Sustainable Development Goals after a visit to the  United Nations in Vienna. The celebrities came to Vienna to film an episode of the reality TV show Keep Running, which is watched by millions in China and beyond.[Read More]

 

 

West and Central Asia: UNODC holds regional workshop to counter illicit financial flows. Image: UNODC West and Central Asia: UNODC holds regional workshop to counter illicit financial flows

Illicit financial flows make national borders increasingly irrelevant. Funds are moved across jurisdictions with a click of a button as technological developments make these transactions easier, faster and difficult to trace. With a view to countering illicit financial flows, UNODC and EU-Act organized a workshop on "Financial Disruption of Illicit Financial Flows Associated with Transnational Organized Crime" in Kazakhstan. [Read More] 

 

At UNHQ in NY, UNODC supports efforts to harness sport as a force for crime prevention. Photo: UNODC At UNHQ in NY, UNODC supports efforts to harness sport as a force for crime prevention

"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]

 

 

Chief Justices and senior judges launch UNODC's Global Judicial Integrity Network. Photo: UNODC Chief Justices and senior judges launch UNODC's Global Judicial Integrity Network

After two years of planning, seven regional preparatory meetings, and consultations with approximately 4,000 judges, UNODC launched its Global Judicial Integrity Network, in the presence of Chief Justices, senior judges and judicial professionals from around the world. The two-day launch event gave over 350 attendants the opportunity to discuss key topics with peers from other Member States. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC launches new counter-terrorism programme in Iraq. Image: UNODC UNODC launches new counter-terrorism programme in Iraq

In recent years Iraq has been a target of several terrorist groups and militants who carried out numerous attacks. With the rise of terrorism threats in Iraq, UNODC has multiplied its efforts in providing legal, capacity building and technical assistance to the Government. In this regard, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch launched a two-year programme on "Lessons learned from Iraq's counter-terrorism efforts and response to future challenges: Iraq after ISIL/Da'esh".[Read More]

 

First West African university course on addiction launched with UNODC support. Photo UNODC First West African university course on addiction launched with UNODC support

In Africa, the use of drugs, including cocaine, opioids, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances, has increased, according to the 2017 report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). At the global level, only one out of six people in need of drug dependence treatment has access to treatment programmes while this figure in Africa is only one out of 18. [Read More]

 

 

International community can do more to harness sport to engage youth and promote change, says UNODC chief at high-level event for International Day of Sport. Photo: UNODC International community can do more to harness sport to engage youth and promote change, says UNODC chief

Sports offer a practical and cost-effective means to help prevent violence and crime, and achieve the SDGs, said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Chief at High-Level Event on Crime Prevention and Sustainable Development through Sports, opened by Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, and organized by UNODC to mark International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.[Read More]

 

UNODC brings together criminal justice and civil society actors to discuss violent extremism in West Africa. Image: UNODC UNODC brings together criminal justice and civil society actors to discuss violent extremism in West Africa

In light of the current security threats in West Africa, States see the urgency in strengthening the capacity of criminal justice systems. This is to address organized crime and violent extremism and to deliver fair and transparent justice, in accordance with the rule of law.[Read More]

 

 

 

Jamaica joins UNODC's Blue Heart campaign to end human trafficking. Jamaica joins UNODC's Blue Heart Campaign to end human trafficking

Jamaica has become the first Caribbean nation to join the  Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, an international awareness-raising initiative by UNODC to encourage involvement and action to help prevent this crime.The Government of Jamaica, in partnership with UNODC and with the assistance of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI), launched the Campaign on 28 March.[Read More]

 

 

Thai Princess and UNODC delegation meet ASEAN Secretary-General and visit a prison for women in Indonesia Thai Princess and UNODC delegation meet ASEAN Secretary-General and visit a prison for women in Indonesia

UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas, and delegations from UNODC and Thailand, met with the new Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, to discuss UNODC - ASEAN relationship. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC promotes universalization of international legal instruments against nuclear terrorism. Image: Wilson Centre UNODC promotes universalization of international legal instruments against nuclear terrorism

Representatives of over 30 Member States, experts and the United Nations actors, gathered recently in Vienna to discuss the importance of becoming a party to, and fully implementing, the international legal framework against nuclear terrorism.[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 gathered in Arusha, Tanzania last week to discuss public procurement and whistleblower protection. .[Read More]

 

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