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Issue 108 | May 31, 2018     

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UN Joint Global Programme calls for coordinated, multi-sectoral responses to gender-based violence. Photo: UNODC

UN Joint Global Programme calls for coordinated, multi-sectoral responses to gender-based violence

The persistence and prevalence of gender-based violence is a problem of pandemic proportions. An estimated 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. With a view to countering this problem, UNODC, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and WHO organized a side event at the  27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. [Read More]

 

 

Tackling corruption 'from the top down' essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty. Photo: UNICEF/UN045589/Pirozzi Tackling corruption 'from the top down' essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty

Corruption and complicity know no geographical boundaries, and it is society's most vulnerable who get hurt the most, senior United Nations officials said, calling on Government leaders to fight the scourge, from the top down. "It all begins with setting an example. By tackling corruption, Governments can show they mean business," said Secretary-General António Guterres. [Read More]

 

 

 

Event to mark 15th anniversary of the UN Convention against Corruption highlights links to peace and security, sustainable development. Image: UNODC Event to mark 15th anniversary of the UN Convention against Corruption highlights links to peace and security, sustainable development

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime called for renewed anti-corruption action at an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.The high-level debate was opened by the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.[Read More]

 

 

Last year's record opium production in Afghanistan threatens sustainable development, latest survey reveals. Image: UNODC Last year's record opium production in Afghanistan threatens sustainable development, latest survey reveals

In 2017, opium cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high with an estimated 328,000 hectares, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016. According to the latest survey report released by UNODC, last year's record levels of production has led to unprecedented levels of potential heroin production. From the 2017 opium harvest, some 550-900 tons of heroin of export quality can be produced.[Read More]

 

 

Myanmar holds high level negotiations with Mekong countries and UNODC to address deteriorating drug situation. Photo: UNODC Myanmar holds high level negotiations with Mekong countries and UNODC to address deteriorating drug situation

Senior drug policy leaders from the Mekong region met in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar with the UNODC for a conference of the Mekong MOU on Drug Control to discuss the illicit drug situation in the region. The conference brought together the leadership of Mekong drug authorities and over 100 senior delegates and experts to consider the latest data, and for detailed discussions on drug law enforcement, justice, health and alternative development strategies and programmes. [Read More]

 

 

A New Tool in Support of Sustaining Peace and Development: Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming. Photo: UNODC A New Tool in Support of Sustaining Peace and Development: Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming

Women's access to justice received critical attention as an important pathway for achieving gender equality and women's empowerment at the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at the earlier sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW'62). At the latter, UNODC, UN Women, UNDP, and the OHCHR launched a jointly produced 'Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming'. [Read More]

 

 

27th Crime Commission lays groundwork for further integrating prevention, criminal justice responses, says UNODC Executive Director. Image: UNODC 27th Crime Commission lays groundwork for further integrating prevention, criminal justice responses, says UNODC Executive Director

The 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice concluded with resolutions on preventing and combating human trafficking, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and other priorities.Speaking at the closing session Executive Director of the UNODC, highlighted the Commission's efforts to further strengthen integrated responses to crime challenges. [Read More]

 

 

Conflict prevention through security sector reform is a priority, UNODC Chief says at Crime Commission. Photo UNODC Conflict prevention through security sector reform is a priority, UNODC Chief says at Crime Commission

On the side-lines of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNODC organized a high-level event on "Security Sector Reform as a Tool for Conflict Prevention". Sponsored by the OSCE and the Government of Slovakia, the event focused on the role of security sector reform and governance as a tool for conflict prevention, particularly in the context of transnational organized crime. [Read More]

 

 

'Much work to do and no time to waste' in cybercrime fight, says UN chief. Photo: UNODC 'Much work to do and no time to waste' in cybercrime fight, says UN chief

The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice opened its annual session in Vienna calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UNODC highlighted the importance of cooperation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and countering the rising threat of crime online. [Read More]

 

 

 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlights priorities, urgent need to tackle global threats at UN Crime Commission in Austria. Image: UNODC United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlights priorities, urgent need to tackle global threats at UN Crime Commission in Austria

On his first official visit to Vienna, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres outlined priorities and highlighted the urgent need to tackle human trafficking, cybercrime and other global threats in an address on the opening day of the 27th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.[Read More]

 

 

 

27th Crime Commission highlights joint action to address changing crime dynamics, cybercrime. Photo: UNODC 27th Crime Commission highlights joint action to address changing crime dynamics, cybercrime

The 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice began with a call for integrated global responses to continuing and emerging challenges - including cybercrime, the focus of this year's thematic discussion. Speaking at the opening session Executive Director of the UNODC highlighted the importance of cooperation for achieving global goals and countering evolving threats like cybercrime. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC and ICAO sign partnership to strengthen airport security against crime, terrorist threats. Photo: UNODC UNODC and ICAO sign partnership to strengthen airport security against crime, terrorist threats

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov, and the Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Fang Liu, signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the security of international air transport systems to counter transnational organized criminal networks and terrorist groups.[Read More]

 

 

UNODC launches counter-extremism network for Central Asia region. Image: UNODC UNODC launches counter-extremism network for Central Asia region

The Central Asian Network for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism is now live at www.capve.org. Designed by UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch and Regional Office for Central Asia, the website serves as a resource tool for policymakers and professionals working against violent extremism. The site is hosted by the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC empowers African civil society organizations to fight corruption. Photo: UNODC UNODC empowers African civil society organizations to fight corruption

May the 11th marked the closure of a four-day multi-stakeholder workshop in Senegal on the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its Review Mechanism. The event, organized by UNODC in partnership with the UNCAC Coalition and support of the Austrian Development Agency, trained some 50 civil society and government representatives from 15 African countries on the implementation of the Convention.[Read More]

 

 

UNODC, Thailand hold ASEAN integration and border security dialogue in Bangkok. Photo: UNODC UNODC, Thailand hold ASEAN integration and border security dialogue in Bangkok

Amid changing transnational organized crime and security threats, UNODC and the Government of Thailand organized a high-level conference on border management and security across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. 200 participants, representing ASEAN Member States, development banks and the United Nations, gathered in Bangkok as Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister of Thailand, Prajin Juntong, opened the conference.[Read more]

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