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5 ديسمبر 2017 2:31 م
UNODC take more steps against Crime and Terrorism
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC), in close collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) convened a two-day meeting of the Steering Committee of UNODC Regional Programme for the Arab States to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats, and to Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems in Line with International Human Rights Standards (2016-2021), at LAS Headquarters in Cairo during 28-29 November 2016.
The main aim of the annual meeting is to bring together different national counterparts from the Ministries of Justice, Interior and Health from 18 Member States covered by the Programme, constituting the Steering and Follow-up Committee of the Regional Programme, to examine progress made in the implementation of the Programme during 2017 and identify priorities for 2018. The meeting was opened by H. E. Fadel Mohamed Jawad, Assistant-Secretary-General and Head of Legal Affairs Sector, General Secretariat, League of Arab States. He highlighted the significance of the Regional Programme amid increased terrorism and organized crime in the region, and pledged the League’s support to the implementation of the Programme.
Addressing the participants, Ms. Cristina Albertin, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, stressed the importance of regional cooperation and partnership among Arab States, strong national institutions, including health systems, and rule of law. She also vouched UNODC continued commitment stating “Let me assure you that UNODC is deeply committed to continue to support all Arab League Member States in the region in responding to their evolving needs and challenges within our mandates given by the UN and enshrined in the Regional Programme.”
The event was also attended by representatives of the Arab Councils of Ministers of Interior and Justice and brought more than 50 participants who all agreed on a set of 15 recommendations that respond to the various challenges faced by the Members. These recommendations, inter alia, included i) b) Support the use of special investigation techniques, such as using digital evidence, open-source investigations and criminal intelligence analysis, in order to more effectively dismantle organized criminal and terrorist groups; ii) Continue to support national and regional counter-terrorism efforts; iii) d) Improve States’ efficiency in the use of crime lab and forensics as a means of proof, integrate them into the evidence procedures, and to use them to detect crimes and acts of terrorism, and to improve crime scene management, laboratory analyses (ballistics, chemicals, fingerprints, DNA, etc.), the chain of evidence custody, and international certifications for national laboratories; iv) Operationalize and support the Arab Judicial Cooperation Network of LAS General Secretariat, and urge UNODC to support it with capacity building and cooperation with other similar networks; v) Intensify support to the Member States in relation to preventing, prosecuting and adjudicating cases of violence against women. In this regard, also provide support to legislative, regulatory and enforcement reforms to increase reporting rates and to develop regulations that provide appropriate protection; vi) Intensify anti-corruption efforts, promote integrity and develop effective preventive measures; etc.