Address to the Opening Session of the Dialogue Conference on “Sustainability as a Global Responsibility” PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

8 July 2002


Madame Minister, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues


I would first like to thank our Austrian hosts for their kind invitation to address this Conference, and to welcome you all to the Vienna International Centre.  


In a few moments I will share with you some details of the activities undertaken by the United Nations programmes falling under my purview..


The title of today’s Conference – a Dialogue Conference  - is most appropriate, since through dialogue we can stimulate an open exchange of ideas.  And sustainability is, indeed, a “global responsibility”.  But – as we have seen repeatedly over the years - even if we accept this premise in theory, finding and implementing the right solutions is extremely complex and difficult.  Time and again, the international community has come together to identify the problems and formulate plans, only to find themselves back at the drawing board soon after, addressing some other hitherto overlooked angle or complication. In 1972, the issues of environment and development were first raised comprehensively at a landmark meeting in Stockholm (the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment), following which numerous institutions and national and international bodies were created, including the UN Environment Programme. Then came the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Brundtland Report, which emblazoned the concept of sustainable development on the public mind and laid the foundation for the Conference on Environment and Development – popularly known as the “Earth Summit” - held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.   Agenda 21, the programme for action adopted at the Earth Summit, set out a blueprint for action. 

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Symposium on “Combating International Terrorism – The Contribution of the United Nations”: The Way Ahead PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

6 June 2002

A)      Main conclusions


          A basic foundation for the Symposium was Security Council resolution 1373, which establishes the premises for renewed efforts by the international community to combat international terrorism. Given the nature of terrorism and its networks, the international community must join its efforts in a global and multidisciplinary way. The value of the existing international instruments related to the prevention and combating of terrorism was highlighted. It was also noted that some countries, especially developing nations, would require a significant amount of resources for the ratification and implementation of the existing international instruments.

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Remarks to the International Fraud and Financial Crime Convention (IFEX) PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

28 May 2002

Thank you for your kind invitation to address this Convention.


As many of you may know, I have only recently taken up my position as the Head of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. After my previous work in economics at the University of California (Berkeley) at the OECD, The European Union and until recently, at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, I have every reason to be interested in economic crime.

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Drugs as a cross-cutting issue in Afghan reconstruction: Turning rhetoric into reality PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

28 May 2002

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the silent war in Afghanistan”


Dear Friends

Dear Colleagues


In Afghanistan the civil society is fighting an historic conflict.  Although counter-terrorism is the key battleground, the enemy has to be confronted on other fronts as well -- first and foremost, in the war on drugs.  This is going to be a silent struggle, fought mainly by the Afghan authorities who deserve, and need international assistance.  We are gathered here today to review and strengthen the help they need.


Before talking about this, I would like to introduce the UN Office in Vienna I am responsible for, and speak briefly about our work in relation to the theme under discussion.

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Address to the Permanent Representatives to the UN at Vienna PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

17 May 2002

 Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,


The day I took office (Tuesday last week) I addressed the staff of the Vienna Offices to discuss a number of important management issues.  Some people felt (and I was among them) that it was a daring act. Time will tell whether on that day I accomplished what I had in mind:  to give evidence, from the very start, of the challenges we face and how I propose to meet them.


This morning, in this Hall, I engage in an even more daunting task:  addressing Member Countries, after only 10 days of work, about the immediate priorities in my new Office.  “New” to me, as I just arrived.   But also, you will hopefully discover soon, “new” to you:  namely an institution credible, efficient, able to make a difference regarding the needs of those affected by, and suffering from the consequences of narcotic use, organized crime, corruption and terrorism.

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Address to all ODCCP and UNOV Staff PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

7 May 2002

Dear Colleagues,


It is a pleasure -- and an honor -- to meet you all on my first day of work in Vienna, and to share early thoughts on the way ahead for the Organization. Nothing of what we say today (hopefully, you will also make some comments), nothing will be definitive or mandatory. Rather I will limit myself to a few thoughts you may like to consider, individually and/or collectively within Departments and Offices, as an ingredient for future decisions. Be aware, however, that important decisions are to be taken soon and our consultations, starting today, will be a main conduit for reaching these decisions jointly.


However, first, I want to say something very special. I want to thank you, Mr. Bjornsson for your kind words and for all you have done for me.  On behalf of the friends gathered here this morning, I wish to express our thanks for the hard work you have put in, first, as Director of the Administration, and then for having acted as Officer-in-Charge during the past few months. Your commitment to the United Nations and your experienced hand at the helm of the Vienna Offices have been crucial during this transition period. The reform you have launched has created a good foundation to future efforts in restoring the credibility of ODCCP, and the support of Member States.

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