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UN anti-crime chief urges better use of Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

17 October 2016 – Citing indisputable negative impacts of transnational organized crime on people’s lives and societies, the United Nations top anti-crime official today stressed the need to make better use of the existing global convention and its protocols to tackle this illicit act.

Security Council extends measures to curb migrant smuggling off Libyan coast

06 October 2016 – Deploring continued loss of life due to migrant smuggling and human trafficking off the coast of Libya, the United Nations Security Council this morning extended its authorization for Member States to intercept vessels on the high seas suspected of being used for those illicit activities, for a further period of one year.

Treaties against human trafficking key to fighting scourge, supporting victims – UN anti-crime official

29 September 2016 – With current armed conflicts and humanitarian crises driving massive population movements – and not just in Europe, though the continent has been heavily challenged – an upcoming United Nations report will confirm the troubling fact that human trafficking generally follows the overall migratory flows, a senior UN anti-crime official said today, urging States to back the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and other international tools to address the evolving and complex situation.

Onus is on 'us' to ensure implementation of 2030 Agenda, Tanzanian Minister tells UN

26 September 2016 – Highlighting at the United Nations today his country's initiatives to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of Tanzania emphasized the importance of collective efforts at local, national and international levels to achieve the goals in a timely manner.

At UN, South-east Asian ministers highlight region’s efforts on Global Goals

24 September 2016 – Several Southeast Asian nations today took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly to share lessons learned from their development efforts and highlight their visions to overcome the remaining challenges.

Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.

At UN, Greek Prime Minister says economy ‘emerging;’ stresses need for refugee management framework

22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras today stressed the need for a strong international initiative that will establish a new global framework for refugee management.

Protecting cultural heritage from combatants promotes human rights and universal values – Ban

22 September 2016 – Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavours to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking.

West African nations committed to fighting terrorism in subregion, Liberian President tells UN

22 September 2016 – Noting that the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at a time when there is escalation of conflicts engulfing millions of people in many parts of the world, Liberia’s President today stressed that West African States are collectively demonstrating their commitment and preparedness to combat terrorism affecting the subregion.

At UN, Honduran President reports on country’s efforts to recover from myriad impacts of financial crisis

21 September 2016 – Spotlighting the fallout of global financial crisis, which had a profound impact on his country, especially for the most vulnerable, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, the President of Honduras, told the United Nations General Assembly today that with a great deal of effort, democracy has been restored, and less than three years ago, the country embarked "on the right path."