Paris Pact Policy Consultative Group Meeting PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Vienna, 15-16 December 2008

 

·         Ladies and Gentlemen, welcometo the 6th Paris Pact Policy Consultative Group Meeting.

·         Such meetings are an opportunity for us to share notes on an idea born in Paris in May 2003, an idea born out of necessity that has developed within 5 years to be a model of cooperation to control Afghanistan’s opium problem.

·         And this is the Consultative Group, namely the one established back in 2003 to guide the initiative:  a meeting meant to review progress made and propose venues of work x the future.  I’m very happy for the invitation to attend.

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Just kidding a “war on drugs” or a “war for drugs”? a “world free of drugs” or a “world of free drugs”? Address to the London School of Economics PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

London, 27 November 2008

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

I decided to put aside the suggest title of today’s lecture, because at the United Nations (an institution inspired by, and for peace) we do not use military jargon.  Furthermore, “war” suggests a violent conflict, as if drug control was only, or even mainly about destroying drug labs, seizing shipments, and rounding up smugglers.  This is only the middle link in a much longer and more complex drug chain – between supply (cultivation and production) and demand (addiction).

 

At the United nations our main drug-control concern is about public health, as stipulated in the opening sentence of the 1961 UN drug control Convention [and I quote] “Concerned with the health and welfare of mankind… etc”.   

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Abolishing Slavery in the 21st Century Stop the Traffik Public Lecture PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

London, 27 November 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen ,

Next Tuesday (2 December) is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. You would think that there is no longer need for such a day. After all, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was agreed upon 60 years ago (on 10 December), declares that “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Yet this sentence rings hollow. Slavery still exists in the 21st century. Every day, somewhere on our planet, scores of new victims join the unseen masses of slaves that are tricked and forced into sweatshops, mines or plantations, the sex trade, domestic service, or into becoming child soldiers. Rights and freedoms that we take for granted are being denied to millions of people around the world – mostly women and children – whose lives are for sale. This is a crime that shames us all.

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Financial deception or complicity with evil ? 5th Annual European Economic Crime Conference PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

 

Frankfurt, 19 November 2008

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bankers are getting a run for their money these days. Their greed, arrogance and deception have shaken people’s confidence in their profession and the trust of the institutions that conspired with them to cause the crisis -- hedge and investment funds, insurance companies, rating and audit agencies.  During September and October, within about 60 days, the world’s financial architecture as constructed in the past 60 years, collapsed.  And we are just at the beginning of the drama, as jobs, markets, revenues and production are also being destroyed by the crisis.

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Localising the Millennium Development Goals on the foundation of the rule of law Address to the 4th World Urban Forum PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Nanjing, 4 November 2008

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

We have entered the urban millennium. More than half of all people on the planet now live in cities. Most national income is generated in cities. And most crime is committed in cities. This trend is bound to continue, even accelerate, as urbanization – particularly in Africa and Africa – grows at a rapid pace.

 

This presents a number of threats and challenges with implications for global, not just local, security.

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West Africa under attack Drug trafficking is a security threat ECOWAS High-level Conference on Drug Trafficking as a Security Threat in West Africa PDF Print E-mail
UNODC Speeches (2002-2010)

Praia, Cape Verde, 28 October 2008

 

Mr. Chairman,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The alarm bells are ringing. West Africa, which already faces mass poverty, hunger, and a legacy of conflict, is under attack and at risk of becoming an epicentre for drug trafficking, crime and corruption.  Let’s be frank:  Africa in general, never faced a drug problem – whether we speak about production, trafficking or consumption.  Now the threat is there, on all these fronts.  I therefore applaud ECOWAS for convening this Ministerial Meeting – which UNODC is proud to support. I also thank our hosts, Cape Verde, our partners the UN Office on West Africa, and all those who have provided political and financial support to make this meeting possible.

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