|Rewards for Unbridled Imagination|
|The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)|
Posted: 21 July 2008
The Secretary-General has encouraged staff not to be risk-averse, to be creative, and to push the boundaries in order to innovate. At UNODC, we take this message seriously. In fact, for the second year in a row UNODC staff have won more than a fifth of the UN21 awards that honour staff initiatives to improve the effectiveness of UN programmes and services. More than 20% of the awards from an Office with less than 2% of the UN's staff! Not bad.
UNODC winners this year were awarded for the National Drug Control System that ensures that medical products containing controlled drugs are available for patients who need them, but prevented from being diverted into illegal channels. An award was also given to staff in human resources who developed an on-line Clearance System for staff departing the Organization.
A commendation was given to the Pre-Export Notification System that helps to control the diversion of precursor chemicals (used to produce illicit drugs). UNODC staff were also commended for a Mobile Office project which provides access to everything from everywhere for everyone (which begs the question, why come to the office?).
In addition, one of our consultants - Timothy La Rose - was also recognized for his work in two projects: the Global Contact Directory and iSeek, the global Secretariat intranet.
How can I explain this plethora of prizes for the second year in a row? Part of it has to do with a culture of creativity. Tone from the top encourages staff to unbridle their imagination. Of course, the biggest reason is that we have great staff at the UN in Vienna.
We have raised the bar pretty high this year. Rest assured that we will try even harder next year.
National Drug Control System
(Award - Substantive Programmes)
Mr. Ameen SAFADI
Mr. Blas LLARENA
Ms. Claudia VIRTOPEANU
Ms. Hilda SARKISSIAN
Ms. Zeeshan TAHIR
Ms. Kristina KUTTNIG
Ms. Gert EIDHERR
Ms. Maher ABU GHALI
Mr. Phillip KRUSS
Mr. Vladimir ZEMSKOV
Mr. Alejandro CASTILLO
Online Clearance Procedures for Separating Staff
(Award - Process Reengineering)
Ms. Petra ZWICKL
Ms. Andrea SUCHEL
Ms. Christine TEBB
Ms. Karin SOCHATZY
Ms. Sharon REEH
Ms. Jill TOBIN
Mr. Muthana ALNAHER
Mr. Jozsef PUSTER
Ms. Lynette BUTLER-MATAITINI
Ms. Margarete SOBRAL-KIEFL
Mr. Victor KISOB
Ms. Khurshid BHIMANI
The Pre-Export Notification (PEN) System
(Commendation - Substantive Programmes/Process Reengineering)
Mr. Ilya LAZAREV
Mr. Alexei TEPAEV
Mr. Tobias SCHOESSLER
Ms. Nadya BADR
Mr. Rossen POPOV
Mr. MaherABU GHALI
Mr. Phillip KRUSS
The Mobile Office
(Commendation - Working Environment)
Mr. Daniel BRIDI
Mr. Abdallah ZABEN
Mr. Getamessay ANDUALEM
Mr. Ernst HOENIG
Mr. Alex WIESSNER
Mr. Oussama KHREIS
Mr. Phillip KRUSS
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|Aceh: Paradise Rediscovered|
Posted: 1 February 2013
Can you think of a region so poor that income is less than one dollar a day per person: that has gone through a war against the central government for 30 years (1975-2005); that in 2004 was submerged by a tidal wave (the tsunami) that killed 170,000 people out of a total population of 3 million (in other words 1 person out of every 20); that was later submerged by an avalanche of assistance personnel that pushed local prices beyond what locals could afford?
Well, let me help you.
The Aceh peninsula of Northern Indonesia, along the strategic Malacca Straits, is where I went on mission yesterday, with a delicate task: to determine the extent of drug production (cannabis cultivation); trafficking (hashish and methamphetamine); the associated crime and violence; the health impact (including the spread of HIV because of drug-injection); and, above what can be done to put an end to all this through development.
|Disrupt criminal markets, not just the mafias High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on transnational organized crime|
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the past quarter century, organized crime has gone global. It has reached macro-economic and armed dimensions to become a threat to the stability of nations. The report on The Globalization of Crime issued today by my office (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) provides the first comprehensive assessment of global crime markets: drugs, arms, modern slaves, illicit resources, counterfeits, as well as maritime piracy and cyber-crime.
The threat is not just economic. The threat is strategic, as criminals today can influence elections, politicians and the military – in one word, they buy power.
Some governments are unable to resist, as they lack the resourcess. Some others would be able to contain the problem, but show a benign neglect -- and I have in mind some rich nations.