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03 Nov 2018 description


Executive summary Background and purpose

24 Feb 2010 description

UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa has called for concerted efforts to "break the vicious circle between insecurity and underdevelopment". Addressing the Security Council today during a debate on global threats against international peace and security, Mr. Costa said, "Instability attracts crime, and crime deepens instability.

14 Apr 2009 description

The Congo River impresses the air-traveller approaching Kinshasa airport: its water volume greater than the mighty Nile, its current faster than that of the thunderous Zambezi. Yet, it was not the Congo River that attracted my attention. As the United Nations plane I was in hovered above the airport, my eyes were transfixed by the dozens of airplanes idle on the grass. Not on the tarmac, not on the runways, not ready to take off.

23 Jan 2009 description

Gulu, northern Uganda, January 2009 - "We lined up the villagers, about 20 of them, and chopped their hands with a machete." He twists his fingers and looks at his own hands as to make sure that they were both there. "They dropped to the ground screaming.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 Novembre 2007

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Permettez moi tout d'abord d'adresser un mot de remerciement au Gouvernement de la République de la Côte d'Ivoire de leur soutien pour la tenue de cette réunion d'experts de haut niveau ainsi qu'à nos partenaires de UN.GIFT dans la région, à savoir l'OIM, le BIT, l'UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire, l'ONUCI, la Coalition pour mettre fin à l'utilisation des enfants soldats et Save the Children.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 November 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by thanking the Government of Cote d'Ivoire for its support for this high-level expert meeting. This is the latest in a series of regional events that have been held in the past few months - in Uganda, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, and India - as part of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking also known as UN.GIFT.

This is not a Conference for talk. It is a call to action - to fight a crime that shames us all.

26 Nov 2007 description

Abidjan, 26 November 2007 - At an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed conflict taking place from 26-28 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, urged governments of West and Central Africa to reduce the vulnerability of children to human trafficking.

Young victims of human trafficking can be found in many countries of the region: children - drugged, coerced, and forced to carry guns almost as big as themselves - become killers, child soldiers on the frontlines of …