Africa under attack Drug trafficking has acquired a whole new dimension Security Council PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

New York, 8 December 2009

 

Mr President,

Secretary General

Your Excellencies,

 

I am honoured to report again to the Security Council.   In the past few years the Council has looked at drug trafficking as a threat to peace and stability in a number of theatres -- Afghanistan, West Africa, and Central America. Today I’ll report on new, worrisome developments concerning both West and East Africa, as well as across the Saharan landmass.

 

There are indeed reasons to worry.  In the past Africa, already suffering from other tragedies, never had a drug problem.  Today, under attack from several sides, the continent is facing a severe and complex drug problem: not only drug trafficking, but alsoproduction andconsumption.  Serious consequences in terms of health, development and security are inevitable.  I will demonstrate this aided by a set of maps under distribution as I speak.

 

First about West Africa: from coke trafficking to amphetamine production

 

West Africa, particularly Guinea-Bissau, has received a lot of attention by the Security Council, because of the 50-60 tons/year of cocaine trafficked through the region over the past few years.  As I mentioned at this Council meeting in November, the recent discovery of 7 laboratories in Guinea (Conakry) is evidence that West Africa is also becoming aproducer of synthetic drugs (amphetamine) and of crystal cocaine (refined from pasta basica).

 

For sure, there is also encouraging news, for which the Security Council can take credit.  Initiatives by ECOWAS, Member States and the UN (involving DPKO, DPA and UNODC working together) have attracted attention and resources to the issue:  we have detected a decline of cocaine flows into West Africa since mid-2008.  A donor conference last week in Vienna attracted financial support:  I thank Austria for hosting that event. 

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Regional Ministerial Meeting PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Nairobi 24 November 2009

 

Dear Minister, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

My thanks go to Kenya for hosting this meeting, and for the great partnership my Office enjoys with your beautiful country – the cradle of humanity, if you allow me to say.  Ministers, I thank you all for participation – I interpret your engagement as a reflection of the concern that we all share about the impact of drugs and crime on East Africa. 

 

Indeed, East Africa is under threat from all sides – smuggling and piracy along its coast, trafficking through its airspace and across its long borders, and the spill-over of threats from unstable neighbours. The region is vulnerable because of conflict, poverty, and weak rule of law.

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“Seal the Deal” in Doha From Words into Deeds of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Doha, 9 November 2009

 

Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

I would like to begin by thanking the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al-Thani, for his vision, hospitality and leadership in hosting us in his beautiful country. I also welcome Attorney General Dr. Ali Al-Marri, the incoming President of the Conference of Parties, who will guide us through this Doha meeting and into the next Session in 2011.  And we should all take this opportunity to thank Indonesia for its Presidency since Bali.

 

A good chance, after the disaster

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Guinea-Bissau still vulnerable to drugs and crime United Nations Security Council PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

New York, 5 November 2009

 

  • Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

  • It is my honour to take part in this meeting on Guinea-Bissau.

 

  • As you may recall, my Office has had the distinction – if you can call it that way – of ringing the alarm bells, five years ago, to warn the world about the destabilizing impact of cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe via West Africa, and especially through Guinea Bissau. 

 

  • After years of hesitation – a wasted time that turned out to be quite costly – the international community started to move, prodded by this Council.

 

  • Actions taken by the Council, those promoted by ECOWAS regional action plan that UNODC has inspired, and generous bilateral support are paying off.

 

  • In the past 18 months we have noted a significant drop in drug seizures in West Africa, corroborated by a similarly strong decline in European drug seizures with West Africa as the suspected source.  Since, generally, trends in seizures are a good proxy to determine what’s happening to actual drug flows, we conclude that drug trafficking through the region has declined.
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UNODC’s consolidated budget for 2010-2011 ACABQ Review PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

4 November 2009

 

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Members of the Advisory Committee,

 

The Secretary-General’s strategic framework for the next biennium identifies combating drugs, crime and international terrorism among the eight priorities for the United Nations. UNODC is the Office mandated to take on those tasks.

 

In this session I will, first, remind you what we are doing to control these uncivil behaviors. Second, I will then add several administrative and budgetary questions related the UNODC consolidated budget for 2010-11.   Third, I will help you understand the difficulties we are facing by not having the right size and type resources to carry our tasks.

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Learning from a decade of preventing terrorism International workshop of national counter-terrorism focal points PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Vienna, 12 October 2009

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Welcome to Vienna for a most important event, on a key subject:  counterterrorism.  Over the past decade, Member States have taken decisive steps – nationally and internationally – to counter the threat posed by terrorism. You are well aware of the catalogue of the many decisions taken and institutions established.

 

In the next few days you will ask yourselves:  how effective is the terrorism prevention architecture?  How well do we understand the issue, and what is the real impact of the legislative and operational measures Member States have adopted to make the world safer from terrorism?

 

The Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy provides us guidance.

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