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  •   A new study by UNODC and UN Women shows that on average more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021 The report comes ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide Of all the women and girls intentionally killed last year some 56 percent were killed by intimate partners or other family members 45 000 out of 81 000 showing that home is not a safe place for many women and girls Meanwhile 11 percent of all male homicides are perpetrated in the private sphere UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said Behind every femicide statistic is the story of an individual woman or girl who has been failed These deaths are preventable the tools and the knowledge to do so already exist Women s rights organizations are already monitoring data and advocating for policy change and accountability Now we need the concerted action across society that will fulfil women s and girls right to feel and to be safe at home on the streets and everywhere UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly said No woman or girl should fear for her life because of who she is To stop all forms of gender related killings of women and girls we need to count every victim everywhere and improve understanding of the risks and drivers of femicide so we can design better and more effective prevention and criminal justice responses UNODC is proud to launch the 2022 femicide study with UN Women to galvanize global action and salute the efforts of women s rights organizations around the world to end this crime This year s figures also show that over the past decade the overall number of female homicides has remained largely unchanged underscoring the urgency to prevent and respond to this scourge with stronger actions Even though these numbers are alarmingly high the true scale of femicide may be much higher Too many victims of femicide still go uncounted given inconsistencies in definitions and criteria amongst countries for roughly four in ten women and girls killed intentionally in 2021 there is not enough information to identify them as femicide especially for those killings happening in the public sphere As for regional disparities while femicide is a problem that concerns every single country in the world the report shows that in absolute numbers Asia recorded the largest number of gender related killings in the private sphere in 2021 whereas women and girls were more at risk of being killed by their intimate partners or other family members in Africa In 2021 the rate of gender related killings in the private sphere was estimated at 2 5 per 100 000 female population in Africa compared with 1 4 in the Americas 1 2 in Oceania 0 8 in Asia and 0 6 in Europe At the same time the findings suggest that the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 coincided with a significant increase in gender related killings in the private sphere in Northern America and to some extent in Western and Southern Europe However gender related killings as well as other forms of violence against women and girls are not inevitable They can and must be prevented with a combination of early identification of women affected by violence access to survivor centered support and protection ensuring that the police and justice systems are more responsive to the needs of survivors and primary prevention by addressing the root causes of violence against women and girls including through transforming harmful masculinities social norms eliminating structural gender inequalities and gender stereotypes Strengthening data collection on femicides is a critical step to inform policies and programs aimed to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls Today s report will help inform this year s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence an international campaign that kicks off on 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until 10 December Human Rights Day The yearly campaign sparks hundreds of events around the world to accelerate efforts to end violence against women and girls The global theme for this year s UN Secretary General UNITE campaign is UNITE Activism to end violence against women and girls calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity to women s rights movements and activists and invites everyone to join the global movement to end violence against women once and for all As a leader of the Action Coalition on Gender based Violence UN Women has been at the forefront of efforts to end violence against women and girls Together with other Action Coalition leaders UN Women has advanced commitments made at the Generation Equality Forum which took place in 2021 Examples of some of the progress made by Action Coalition leaders include Kenya whose government has committed to a range of actions to address this issue in the past year has collected data on gender based violence and established an emergency toll free line for assistance with gender based violence and general emergencies Fifty four private shelters and rescue centres now operate in 18 counties Safetipin has collaborated in several cities globally to ensure that gender responsive urban interventions work towards safer and more inclusive cities In Delhi geo tagged data on women s safety was used to improve lighting in more than 5 000 locations throughout the city
    Women and girls are more at risk to be killed at home, new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations (UN) Women report on femicide shows
      A new study by UNODC and UN Women shows that on average more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021 The report comes ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide Of all the women and girls intentionally killed last year some 56 percent were killed by intimate partners or other family members 45 000 out of 81 000 showing that home is not a safe place for many women and girls Meanwhile 11 percent of all male homicides are perpetrated in the private sphere UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said Behind every femicide statistic is the story of an individual woman or girl who has been failed These deaths are preventable the tools and the knowledge to do so already exist Women s rights organizations are already monitoring data and advocating for policy change and accountability Now we need the concerted action across society that will fulfil women s and girls right to feel and to be safe at home on the streets and everywhere UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly said No woman or girl should fear for her life because of who she is To stop all forms of gender related killings of women and girls we need to count every victim everywhere and improve understanding of the risks and drivers of femicide so we can design better and more effective prevention and criminal justice responses UNODC is proud to launch the 2022 femicide study with UN Women to galvanize global action and salute the efforts of women s rights organizations around the world to end this crime This year s figures also show that over the past decade the overall number of female homicides has remained largely unchanged underscoring the urgency to prevent and respond to this scourge with stronger actions Even though these numbers are alarmingly high the true scale of femicide may be much higher Too many victims of femicide still go uncounted given inconsistencies in definitions and criteria amongst countries for roughly four in ten women and girls killed intentionally in 2021 there is not enough information to identify them as femicide especially for those killings happening in the public sphere As for regional disparities while femicide is a problem that concerns every single country in the world the report shows that in absolute numbers Asia recorded the largest number of gender related killings in the private sphere in 2021 whereas women and girls were more at risk of being killed by their intimate partners or other family members in Africa In 2021 the rate of gender related killings in the private sphere was estimated at 2 5 per 100 000 female population in Africa compared with 1 4 in the Americas 1 2 in Oceania 0 8 in Asia and 0 6 in Europe At the same time the findings suggest that the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 coincided with a significant increase in gender related killings in the private sphere in Northern America and to some extent in Western and Southern Europe However gender related killings as well as other forms of violence against women and girls are not inevitable They can and must be prevented with a combination of early identification of women affected by violence access to survivor centered support and protection ensuring that the police and justice systems are more responsive to the needs of survivors and primary prevention by addressing the root causes of violence against women and girls including through transforming harmful masculinities social norms eliminating structural gender inequalities and gender stereotypes Strengthening data collection on femicides is a critical step to inform policies and programs aimed to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls Today s report will help inform this year s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence an international campaign that kicks off on 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until 10 December Human Rights Day The yearly campaign sparks hundreds of events around the world to accelerate efforts to end violence against women and girls The global theme for this year s UN Secretary General UNITE campaign is UNITE Activism to end violence against women and girls calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity to women s rights movements and activists and invites everyone to join the global movement to end violence against women once and for all As a leader of the Action Coalition on Gender based Violence UN Women has been at the forefront of efforts to end violence against women and girls Together with other Action Coalition leaders UN Women has advanced commitments made at the Generation Equality Forum which took place in 2021 Examples of some of the progress made by Action Coalition leaders include Kenya whose government has committed to a range of actions to address this issue in the past year has collected data on gender based violence and established an emergency toll free line for assistance with gender based violence and general emergencies Fifty four private shelters and rescue centres now operate in 18 counties Safetipin has collaborated in several cities globally to ensure that gender responsive urban interventions work towards safer and more inclusive cities In Delhi geo tagged data on women s safety was used to improve lighting in more than 5 000 locations throughout the city
    Women and girls are more at risk to be killed at home, new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations (UN) Women report on femicide shows
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    Women and girls are more at risk to be killed at home, new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations (UN) Women report on femicide shows

    A new study by UNODC and UN Women shows that, on average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021.

    The report comes ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide.

    Of all the women and girls intentionally killed last year, some 56 percent were killed by intimate partners or other family members (45,000 out of 81,000), showing that home is not a safe place for many women and girls.

    Meanwhile, 11 percent of all male homicides are perpetrated in the private sphere. 

      UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said: “Behind every femicide statistic is the story of an individual woman or girl who has been failed.

    These deaths are preventable—the tools and the knowledge to do so already exist.

    Women’s rights organizations are already monitoring data and advocating for policy change and accountability.

    Now we need the concerted action across society that will fulfil women’s and girls’ right to feel and to be safe, at home, on the streets, and everywhere.”  UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly said: “No woman or girl should fear for her life because of who she is.

    To stop all forms of gender-related killings of women and girls, we need to count every victim, everywhere, and improve understanding of the risks and drivers of femicide so we can design better and more effective prevention and criminal justice responses.

    UNODC is proud to launch the 2022 femicide study with UN Women to galvanize global action and salute the efforts of women’s rights organizations around the world to end this crime.”  This year’s figures also show that over the past decade, the overall number of female homicides has remained largely unchanged, underscoring the urgency to prevent and respond to this scourge with stronger actions.

    Even though these numbers are alarmingly high, the true scale of femicide may be much higher.

    Too many victims of femicide still go uncounted—given inconsistencies in definitions and criteria amongst countries, for roughly four in ten women and girls killed intentionally in 2021, there is not enough information to identify them as femicide, especially for those killings happening in the public sphere. 

      As for regional disparities, while femicide is a problem that concerns every single country in the world, the report shows that in absolute numbers, Asia recorded the largest number of gender related killings in the private sphere in 2021, whereas women and girls were more at risk of being killed by their intimate partners or other family members in Africa.

    In 2021, the rate of gender related killings in the private sphere was estimated at 2.5 per 100,000 female population in Africa, compared with 1.4 in the Americas, 1.2 in Oceania, 0.8 in Asia and 0.6 in Europe.

    At the same time, the findings suggest that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 coincided with a significant increase in gender related killings in the private sphere in Northern America and to some extent in Western and Southern Europe. 

    However, gender-related killings, as well as other forms of violence against women and girls, are not inevitable.

    They can and must be prevented, with a combination of early identification of women affected by violence, access to survivor-centered support and protection, ensuring that the police and justice systems are more responsive to the needs of survivors, and primary prevention by addressing the root causes of violence against women and girls including through transforming harmful masculinities, social norms, eliminating structural gender inequalities and gender stereotypes.

    Strengthening data collection on femicides is a critical step to inform policies and programs aimed to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. 

    Today’s report will help inform this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The yearly campaign sparks hundreds of events around the world to accelerate efforts to end violence against women and girls.

    The global theme for this year’s UN Secretary-General UNITE campaign is “UNITE!

    Activism to end violence against women and girls”, calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity to women’s rights movements and activists and invites everyone to join the global movement to end violence against women once and for all. 

    As a leader of the Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence, UN Women has been at the forefront of efforts to end violence against women and girls.

    Together with other Action Coalition leaders, UN Women has advanced commitments made at the Generation Equality Forum, which took place in 2021.

    Examples of some of the progress made by Action Coalition leaders include: Kenya, whose government has committed to a range of actions to address this issue, in the past year has collected data on gender-based violence and established an emergency toll-free line for assistance with gender-based violence and general emergencies.

    Fifty-four private shelters and rescue centres now operate in 18 counties.

    Safetipin has collaborated in several cities globally to ensure that gender-responsive urban interventions work towards safer and more inclusive cities.

    In Delhi, geo-tagged data on women’s safety was used to improve lighting in more than 5,000 locations throughout the city.

  •   Although the past decade has seen a steady decline in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea countries and their international partners must accelerate efforts to counter this singular threat a senior UN official said in the Security Council on Tuesday Presenting the Secretary General s latest report on the issue Martha Pobee an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs DPPA warned of a shifting situation that will require greater response The decline in incidents is the result of concerted efforts by national authorities supported by regional and international partners both on land and at sea Actions such as increased patrols deployment of naval assets enhanced coordination as well as convictions have served as deterrents to criminal activity Changing dynamics However piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has morphed over this period Ms Pobee reported Pirate groups are adapting to changing dynamics both at sea and in coastal areas she said In this respect the recent decrease in instances of piracy may in part be attributable to the shift by criminal networks to other forms of maritime and riverine crime such as oil bunkering and theft which they likely view as both less risky and more profitable She stressed that it was imperative for States and their regional and international partners to accelerate efforts to establish security in the Gulf of Guinea as outlined in the Yaound Code of Conduct signed in June 2013 Political and technical assistance Ms Pobee pointed to some of the achievements since then such as the recent signing of an agreement to establish a Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre MMCC for a zone that covers Cabo Verde Gambia Guinea Bissau Mali and Senegal A maritime exercise involving 17 of the 19 countries that border the Gulf of Guinea as well as eight international partners was also conducted last month over an area stretching from Senegal to Angola She also underscored the UN s continued political and technical assistance to States including through agencies such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODCOpens in new window and the International Organization for Migration IOMOpens in new window Address underlying causes At present there is no firm evidence to suggest any potential or possible linkages between terrorist and pirate groups she told the Council However addressing the underlying social economic and environmental challenges faced by communities in the region will ultimately serve to contain both threats Ms Pobee said the UN is also strengthening collaboration with international financial institutions to support countries in addressing the underlying causes of fragility and security Support rule of law With the 10th anniversary of the Yaound framework approaching UNODCOpens in new window chief Ghada Waly pointed to the opportunity to dedicate greater attention resources and action to supporting maritime security and the rule of law in the Gulf of Guinea She urged the international community to help governments develop their capacities and legal frameworks with domestic laws that criminalize piracy and enable prosecution We must improve investigation and prosecution capacities to give teeth to enforcement efforts and reach a legal finish to every case pursued she said Expand cooperation Ms Waly highlighted the need to be quick to respond to the shifting trends in piracy to prevent the threat from simply taking a different form She called for developing a regional framework to expand cooperation and urged vigilance against the possibility of terrorist groups in the Sahel linking up with criminal enterprises in coastal regions The UNODC Executive Director also underscored the crucial need to address the root causes of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea by working with vulnerable coastal communities These populations are also dealing with challenges such as environmental degradation and biodiversity loss fuelled by climate change and illegal fishing Stop criminals engage youth Criminals at sea must be stopped and held accountable but to ensure a truly sustainable response due attention must be paid to the people who may become such criminals the factors that drive them to it and the people most affected she said We must pursue community based crime prevention strategies and engage with at risk and marginalized youth to cultivate personal and social skills prevent risky behaviors and grant them opportunities Ms Waly said UNODC is supporting the development of community based crime prevention strategies in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria which she hopes will be replicated in other coastal communities
    Stronger action required to address changing dynamics of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
      Although the past decade has seen a steady decline in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea countries and their international partners must accelerate efforts to counter this singular threat a senior UN official said in the Security Council on Tuesday Presenting the Secretary General s latest report on the issue Martha Pobee an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs DPPA warned of a shifting situation that will require greater response The decline in incidents is the result of concerted efforts by national authorities supported by regional and international partners both on land and at sea Actions such as increased patrols deployment of naval assets enhanced coordination as well as convictions have served as deterrents to criminal activity Changing dynamics However piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has morphed over this period Ms Pobee reported Pirate groups are adapting to changing dynamics both at sea and in coastal areas she said In this respect the recent decrease in instances of piracy may in part be attributable to the shift by criminal networks to other forms of maritime and riverine crime such as oil bunkering and theft which they likely view as both less risky and more profitable She stressed that it was imperative for States and their regional and international partners to accelerate efforts to establish security in the Gulf of Guinea as outlined in the Yaound Code of Conduct signed in June 2013 Political and technical assistance Ms Pobee pointed to some of the achievements since then such as the recent signing of an agreement to establish a Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre MMCC for a zone that covers Cabo Verde Gambia Guinea Bissau Mali and Senegal A maritime exercise involving 17 of the 19 countries that border the Gulf of Guinea as well as eight international partners was also conducted last month over an area stretching from Senegal to Angola She also underscored the UN s continued political and technical assistance to States including through agencies such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODCOpens in new window and the International Organization for Migration IOMOpens in new window Address underlying causes At present there is no firm evidence to suggest any potential or possible linkages between terrorist and pirate groups she told the Council However addressing the underlying social economic and environmental challenges faced by communities in the region will ultimately serve to contain both threats Ms Pobee said the UN is also strengthening collaboration with international financial institutions to support countries in addressing the underlying causes of fragility and security Support rule of law With the 10th anniversary of the Yaound framework approaching UNODCOpens in new window chief Ghada Waly pointed to the opportunity to dedicate greater attention resources and action to supporting maritime security and the rule of law in the Gulf of Guinea She urged the international community to help governments develop their capacities and legal frameworks with domestic laws that criminalize piracy and enable prosecution We must improve investigation and prosecution capacities to give teeth to enforcement efforts and reach a legal finish to every case pursued she said Expand cooperation Ms Waly highlighted the need to be quick to respond to the shifting trends in piracy to prevent the threat from simply taking a different form She called for developing a regional framework to expand cooperation and urged vigilance against the possibility of terrorist groups in the Sahel linking up with criminal enterprises in coastal regions The UNODC Executive Director also underscored the crucial need to address the root causes of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea by working with vulnerable coastal communities These populations are also dealing with challenges such as environmental degradation and biodiversity loss fuelled by climate change and illegal fishing Stop criminals engage youth Criminals at sea must be stopped and held accountable but to ensure a truly sustainable response due attention must be paid to the people who may become such criminals the factors that drive them to it and the people most affected she said We must pursue community based crime prevention strategies and engage with at risk and marginalized youth to cultivate personal and social skills prevent risky behaviors and grant them opportunities Ms Waly said UNODC is supporting the development of community based crime prevention strategies in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria which she hopes will be replicated in other coastal communities
    Stronger action required to address changing dynamics of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
    Africa2 months ago

    Stronger action required to address changing dynamics of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

    Although the past decade has seen a steady decline in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, countries and their international partners must accelerate efforts to counter this singular threat, a senior UN official said in the Security Council on Tuesday. 

    Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the issue, Martha Pobee, an Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), warned of a shifting situation that will require greater response.

    The decline in incidents is the result of concerted efforts by national authorities, supported by regional and international partners, both on land and at sea. 

    Actions such as increased patrols, deployment of naval assets, enhanced coordination, as well as convictions, have served as deterrents to criminal activity. 

    Changing dynamics  However, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has morphed over this period, Ms. Pobee reported. 

    “Pirate groups are adapting to changing dynamics both at sea and in coastal areas,” she said. 

    “In this respect, the recent decrease in instances of piracy may in part be attributable to the shift by criminal networks to other forms of maritime and riverine crime, such as oil bunkering and theft, which they likely view as both less risky and more profitable”.

      She stressed that it was imperative for States and their regional and international partners to accelerate efforts to establish security in the Gulf of Guinea, as outlined in the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, signed in June 2013. 

    Political and technical assistance  Ms. Pobee pointed to some of the achievements since then, such as the recent signing of an agreement to establish a Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) for a zone that covers Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal. 

    A maritime exercise involving 17 of the 19 countries that border the Gulf of Guinea, as well as eight international partners, was also conducted last month over an area stretching from Senegal to Angola. 

    She also underscored the UN’s continued political and technical assistance to States, including through agencies such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODCOpens in new window) and the International Organization for Migration (IOMOpens in new window). 

    Address underlying causes  “At present, there is no firm evidence to suggest any potential or possible linkages between terrorist and pirate groups,” she told the Council. 

    “However, addressing the underlying social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by communities in the region will ultimately serve to contain both threats.” Ms. Pobee said the UN is also strengthening collaboration with international financial institutions to support countries in addressing the underlying causes of fragility and security. 

    Support rule of law  With the 10th anniversary of the Yaoundé framework approaching, UNODCOpens in new window chief Ghada Waly pointed to the opportunity to dedicate greater attention, resources and action to supporting maritime security and the rule of law in the Gulf of Guinea. 

    She urged the international community to help governments develop their capacities and legal frameworks, with domestic laws that criminalize piracy and enable prosecution. 

    “We must improve investigation and prosecution capacities, to give teeth to enforcement efforts and reach a ‘legal finish’ to every case pursued,” she said. 

    Expand cooperation  Ms. Waly highlighted the need to be quick to respond to the shifting trends in piracy to “prevent the threat from simply taking a different form”. 

    She called for developing a regional framework to expand cooperation and urged vigilance against the possibility of terrorist groups in the Sahel linking up with criminal enterprises in coastal regions. 

    The UNODC Executive Director also underscored the crucial need to address the root causes of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea by working with vulnerable coastal communities. 

    These populations are also dealing with challenges such as environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, fuelled by climate change and illegal fishing. 

    Stop criminals, engage youth  “Criminals at sea must be stopped and held accountable, but to ensure a truly sustainable response, due attention must be paid to the people who may become such criminals, the factors that drive them to it, and the people most affected,” she said. 

    “We must pursue community-based crime prevention strategies and engage with at-risk and marginalized youth to cultivate personal and social skills, prevent risky behaviors, and grant them opportunities.” Ms. Waly said UNODC is supporting the development of community-based crime prevention strategies in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, which she hopes will be replicated in other coastal communities. 

     

  •   From November 9 11 2022 Italy the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States hosted the Mediterranean MED Trident Tabletop Exercise in Rome Italy in collaboration with the UN Office of Counter Terrorism UNOCT the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC and the European Union EU The three day multilateral activity demonstrated best practices and helped to strengthen regional cooperation related to the detection of radiological nuclear R N materials at maritime ports crime scenes and the coordination of subsequent nuclear forensics investigations The exercise developed participant understanding of the applicability of international legal frameworks against acts of R N terrorism including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism ICSANT In addition the exercise encouraged discussions on the limitations and strengths of different international cooperation mechanisms promoting dialogue among experts from nearly 20 participating countries and relevant government agencies These included individuals from border control customs regulatory authorities law enforcement prosecutors and nuclear forensics experts among others Deterring detecting and stopping R N terrorism is of the utmost importance to any nation and exercises like MED Trident help to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines and nations to share experiences information build relationships and encourage the implementation of national legal frameworks These exercises enable countries to improve their capabilities to deny and disrupt terrorist and other non state actor acquisition of weapons of mass destruction materials expertise and equipment Italy and Morocco are both key U S partners in counterterrorism cooperation working closely to safeguard our countries national security interests Together with the United States and Niger Morocco and Italy chair the Africa Focus Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
    United States of America (USA)/Morocco/Italy Mediterranean (MED) Trident Exercise to Detect Radiological/Nuclear Materials
      From November 9 11 2022 Italy the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States hosted the Mediterranean MED Trident Tabletop Exercise in Rome Italy in collaboration with the UN Office of Counter Terrorism UNOCT the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC and the European Union EU The three day multilateral activity demonstrated best practices and helped to strengthen regional cooperation related to the detection of radiological nuclear R N materials at maritime ports crime scenes and the coordination of subsequent nuclear forensics investigations The exercise developed participant understanding of the applicability of international legal frameworks against acts of R N terrorism including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism ICSANT In addition the exercise encouraged discussions on the limitations and strengths of different international cooperation mechanisms promoting dialogue among experts from nearly 20 participating countries and relevant government agencies These included individuals from border control customs regulatory authorities law enforcement prosecutors and nuclear forensics experts among others Deterring detecting and stopping R N terrorism is of the utmost importance to any nation and exercises like MED Trident help to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines and nations to share experiences information build relationships and encourage the implementation of national legal frameworks These exercises enable countries to improve their capabilities to deny and disrupt terrorist and other non state actor acquisition of weapons of mass destruction materials expertise and equipment Italy and Morocco are both key U S partners in counterterrorism cooperation working closely to safeguard our countries national security interests Together with the United States and Niger Morocco and Italy chair the Africa Focus Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
    United States of America (USA)/Morocco/Italy Mediterranean (MED) Trident Exercise to Detect Radiological/Nuclear Materials
    Africa2 months ago

    United States of America (USA)/Morocco/Italy Mediterranean (MED) Trident Exercise to Detect Radiological/Nuclear Materials

    From November 9-11, 2022, Italy, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the United States hosted the Mediterranean (MED) Trident Tabletop Exercise in Rome, Italy in collaboration with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the European Union (EU).

    The three-day multilateral activity demonstrated best practices and helped to strengthen regional cooperation related to the detection of radiological/nuclear (R/N) materials at maritime ports, crime scenes, and the coordination of subsequent nuclear forensics investigations.

    The exercise developed participant understanding of the applicability of international legal frameworks against acts of R/N terrorism, including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT).

    In addition, the exercise encouraged discussions on the limitations and strengths of different international cooperation mechanisms, promoting dialogue among experts from nearly 20 participating countries and relevant government agencies.

    These included individuals from border control, customs, regulatory authorities, law enforcement, prosecutors, and nuclear forensics experts, among others. 

    Deterring, detecting, and stopping R/N terrorism is of the utmost importance to any nation, and exercises like MED Trident help to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines and nations to share experiences, information, build relationships, and encourage the implementation of national legal frameworks.

    These exercises enable countries to improve their capabilities to deny and disrupt terrorist and other non-state actor acquisition of weapons of mass destruction materials, expertise, and equipment. 

    Italy and Morocco are both key U.S. partners in counterterrorism cooperation, working closely to safeguard our countries’ national security interests.

    Together with the United States and Niger, Morocco and Italy chair the Africa Focus Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. 

  •   The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP on Monday in Abuja presented to its stakeholders the National Action Plan NAP on human trafficking for the year 2022 2026 The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disasters management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq during the presentation stated that the document was expected to foster greater collaboration among stakeholders Represented by Mr Charles Anielu a Director in the ministry Farouq said that the document would bring efficiency in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria and set yearly bench mark for stakeholders on the implementation of activities The minister noted that the policy document could not have come at a better time than now when the country was facing a number of social humanitarian and developmental issues My ministry has risen to the challenges of delivering on its core mandate of developing humanitarian policies and providing effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions The ministry has risen to ensure strategic disaster mitigation preparedness and response and managing the formulation and implementation of fair focused social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria In a bid to effectively coordinate the wide mandate of the ministry we developed L I F E Cycle Lead an Inclusive and Innovative Future thinking Ecosystem she said The minister said it was an operational coordination initiative which aligned with the activities of all the agencies under the ministry in collaboration with relevant stakeholders This initiative finds expression in NAP on human trafficking in Nigeria 2022 2026 which is a coordination framework for counter trafficking interventions Since the approval of the document by the Federal Executive Council in February and its public presentation at the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum NSCF on human trafficking in April the document was yet to be fully mainstreamed Farouq said She said that it was imperative to convene the meeting as a platform to engage heads of Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs and other relevant organisations to understand their roles in the implementation of the document Earlier in her address of welcome NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi stated that human trafficking had remained a source of threat to international national and human security and had become the greatest contemporary challenges She said that the Nigerian government had over the years realised the strategic roles of all segments of the society in combatting the social ill hence the need why government through NAPTIP was approaching the menace in various dimensions Waziri Azi stated that after the establishment of NAPTIP the agency had continuously developed and expanded structures to deepen the involvement of relevant actors in stemming the tide of human trafficking in Nigeria You would recall that in 2009 NAPTIP developed a Four Year National Action Plan NAP on Trafficking in Persons 2009 2012 that became a collaborative framework that set the benchmarks for interventions by all stakeholders The implementation of the first edition of NAP On Human Trafficking 2009 2012 provided the much needed framework for a coordinated response to human trafficking in Nigeria among the stakeholders The first edition led to numerous achievements recorded by the agency in the succeeding years Some of these achievements were the landmark upgrading of Nigeria to Tier One status for three consecutive years in the US 2009 2012 she said Waziri Azi said that upon the expiration of the timeframe of the NAP 2009 2012 there were a number of unsuccessful attempts to develop the next Action Plan until 2017 when NAPTIP and stakeholders came together This first activity heralded the commencement of the development of the new NAP 2022 2026 which we are presenting today she said According to her the report of the appraisal and the findings from the baseline assessment of the trafficking situation in Nigeria were presented to the stakeholders at the first workshop held between Nov 23 and Nov 25 2020 Waziri Azi commended some relevant partners such as the UN Office on Drug and Crimes UNODC the International Organisation for Migration IOM which had been supporting NAPTIP on the fight against the menace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP presents 2022-2026 National Action Plan to stakeholders
      The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP on Monday in Abuja presented to its stakeholders the National Action Plan NAP on human trafficking for the year 2022 2026 The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disasters management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq during the presentation stated that the document was expected to foster greater collaboration among stakeholders Represented by Mr Charles Anielu a Director in the ministry Farouq said that the document would bring efficiency in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria and set yearly bench mark for stakeholders on the implementation of activities The minister noted that the policy document could not have come at a better time than now when the country was facing a number of social humanitarian and developmental issues My ministry has risen to the challenges of delivering on its core mandate of developing humanitarian policies and providing effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions The ministry has risen to ensure strategic disaster mitigation preparedness and response and managing the formulation and implementation of fair focused social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria In a bid to effectively coordinate the wide mandate of the ministry we developed L I F E Cycle Lead an Inclusive and Innovative Future thinking Ecosystem she said The minister said it was an operational coordination initiative which aligned with the activities of all the agencies under the ministry in collaboration with relevant stakeholders This initiative finds expression in NAP on human trafficking in Nigeria 2022 2026 which is a coordination framework for counter trafficking interventions Since the approval of the document by the Federal Executive Council in February and its public presentation at the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum NSCF on human trafficking in April the document was yet to be fully mainstreamed Farouq said She said that it was imperative to convene the meeting as a platform to engage heads of Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs and other relevant organisations to understand their roles in the implementation of the document Earlier in her address of welcome NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi stated that human trafficking had remained a source of threat to international national and human security and had become the greatest contemporary challenges She said that the Nigerian government had over the years realised the strategic roles of all segments of the society in combatting the social ill hence the need why government through NAPTIP was approaching the menace in various dimensions Waziri Azi stated that after the establishment of NAPTIP the agency had continuously developed and expanded structures to deepen the involvement of relevant actors in stemming the tide of human trafficking in Nigeria You would recall that in 2009 NAPTIP developed a Four Year National Action Plan NAP on Trafficking in Persons 2009 2012 that became a collaborative framework that set the benchmarks for interventions by all stakeholders The implementation of the first edition of NAP On Human Trafficking 2009 2012 provided the much needed framework for a coordinated response to human trafficking in Nigeria among the stakeholders The first edition led to numerous achievements recorded by the agency in the succeeding years Some of these achievements were the landmark upgrading of Nigeria to Tier One status for three consecutive years in the US 2009 2012 she said Waziri Azi said that upon the expiration of the timeframe of the NAP 2009 2012 there were a number of unsuccessful attempts to develop the next Action Plan until 2017 when NAPTIP and stakeholders came together This first activity heralded the commencement of the development of the new NAP 2022 2026 which we are presenting today she said According to her the report of the appraisal and the findings from the baseline assessment of the trafficking situation in Nigeria were presented to the stakeholders at the first workshop held between Nov 23 and Nov 25 2020 Waziri Azi commended some relevant partners such as the UN Office on Drug and Crimes UNODC the International Organisation for Migration IOM which had been supporting NAPTIP on the fight against the menace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP presents 2022-2026 National Action Plan to stakeholders
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    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP presents 2022-2026 National Action Plan to stakeholders

     The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Monday in Abuja presented to its stakeholders the National Action Plan (NAP) on human trafficking for the year 2022-2026. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, during the presentation stated that the document was expected to foster greater collaboration among stakeholders.

    Represented by Mr Charles Anielu, a Director in the ministry, Farouq said that the document would bring efficiency in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria and set yearly bench mark for stakeholders on the implementation of activities.

    The minister noted that the policy document could not have come at a better time than now when the country was facing a number of social, humanitarian and developmental issues.

    “My ministry has risen to the challenges of delivering on its core mandate of developing humanitarian policies and providing effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions.

    “The ministry has risen to ensure strategic disaster mitigation preparedness and response and managing the formulation and implementation of fair focused social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria.

    “In a bid to effectively coordinate the wide mandate of the ministry, we developed L.

    I.F.E Cycle – Lead an Inclusive and Innovative Future-thinking Ecosystem,“ she said.

    The minister said it was an operational coordination initiative which aligned with the activities of all the agencies under the ministry, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

    “This initiative finds expression in NAP on human trafficking in Nigeria (2022 – 2026), which is a coordination framework for counter-trafficking interventions.

    “Since the approval of the document by the Federal Executive Council in February and its public presentation at the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum (NSCF) on human trafficking in April, the document was yet to be fully mainstreamed,” Farouq said.

    She said that it was imperative to convene the meeting as a platform to engage heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant organisations to understand their roles in the implementation of the document.

    Earlier in her address of welcome, NAPTIP Director-General, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, stated that human trafficking had remained a source of threat to international, national, and human security and had become the greatest contemporary challenges.

    She said that the Nigerian government had over the years realised the strategic roles of all segments of the society in combatting the social ill, hence the need why government through NAPTIP was approaching the menace in various dimensions.

    Waziri-Azi stated that after the establishment of NAPTIP, the agency had continuously developed and expanded structures to deepen the involvement of relevant actors in stemming the tide of human trafficking in Nigeria.

    “You would recall that in 2009, NAPTIP developed a Four-Year National Action Plan (NAP) on Trafficking in Persons (2009-2012) that became a collaborative framework that set the benchmarks for interventions by all stakeholders.

    “The implementation of the first edition of `NAP On Human Trafficking (2009-2012)` provided the much needed framework for a coordinated response to human trafficking in Nigeria among the stakeholders.

    “The first edition led to numerous achievements recorded by the agency in the succeeding years.

    Some of these achievements were the landmark upgrading of Nigeria to Tier One status for three consecutive years in the US, 2009 – 2012,“ she said.

    Waziri-Azi said that upon the expiration of the timeframe of the NAP 2009 – 2012, there were a number of unsuccessful attempts to develop the next Action Plan until 2017 when NAPTIP and stakeholders came together.

    “This first activity heralded the commencement of the development of the new NAP (2022 – 2026) which we are presenting today,” she said.

    According to her, the report of the appraisal and the findings from the baseline assessment of the trafficking situation in Nigeria were presented to the stakeholders at the first workshop held between Nov. 23 and Nov. 25, 2020. Waziri-Azi commended some relevant partners such as the UN Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which had been supporting NAPTIP on the fight against the menace.   


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  •  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims and prosecute perpetrators of the crime Dr Fatima Waziri Azi the Director General NAPTIP disclosed this at the 2022 European Union EU Anti Trafficking Day organised by Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy FIIAPP Waziri Azi who was represented by a Deputy Director Public Enlightenment unit of the agency Mr Ganiyu Agaran said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated rehabilitated with their needs taken care of According to her ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms the country had been on its feet The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC IOM ICMPD Expertise France FIIAPP and ECOWAS I commend the EU in Nigeria through FIIAPP for putting today s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts Waziri Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society were the major victims of human trafficking but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity The EU team leader in Nigeria Mr Reuben Alba called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria He said that record showed that there were 21 million out of school children in Nigeria and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings Mr Jose Antonio Nsang the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better According to him human trafficking criminals are everywhere and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities Mr Osita Osemene Head of Programme and National Secretary Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria According to him EU is organising the day s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti Trafficking day The awareness is high we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators
     The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims and prosecute perpetrators of the crime Dr Fatima Waziri Azi the Director General NAPTIP disclosed this at the 2022 European Union EU Anti Trafficking Day organised by Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy FIIAPP Waziri Azi who was represented by a Deputy Director Public Enlightenment unit of the agency Mr Ganiyu Agaran said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated rehabilitated with their needs taken care of According to her ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms the country had been on its feet The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC IOM ICMPD Expertise France FIIAPP and ECOWAS I commend the EU in Nigeria through FIIAPP for putting today s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts Waziri Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society were the major victims of human trafficking but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity The EU team leader in Nigeria Mr Reuben Alba called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria He said that record showed that there were 21 million out of school children in Nigeria and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings Mr Jose Antonio Nsang the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better According to him human trafficking criminals are everywhere and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities Mr Osita Osemene Head of Programme and National Secretary Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria According to him EU is organising the day s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti Trafficking day The awareness is high we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators
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    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators

    The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims, and prosecute perpetrators of the crime.  

    Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General, NAPTIP, disclosed this at the 2022 European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking Day, organised by Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP).  

    Waziri-Azi, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Public Enlightenment unit of the agency, Mr Ganiyu Agaran, said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters.  

    She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted, adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated, rehabilitated with their needs  taken care of.  

    According to her, ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention, with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms, the country had been on its feet.  

    “The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension; the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa.  

    “This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC, IOM, ICMPD, Expertise France, FIIAPP and ECOWAS.  

    “I commend the EU in Nigeria, through FIIAPP, for putting today’s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts.

    ’’   Waziri-Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age-long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering.  

    She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society, were the major victims of human trafficking, “but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity’’.  

    The EU team leader in Nigeria, Mr Reuben Alba, called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria.  

    He said that record showed that there were 21 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking.  

    Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people, and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for.  

    He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings.  

    Mr Jose-Antonio Nsang, the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator, said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better.  

    According to him, human trafficking criminals are everywhere, and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking.  

    He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti-Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities.  

    Mr Osita Osemene, Head of Programme and National Secretary, Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria.  

    According to him, EU is organising the day’s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge, and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration.  

    He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti-Trafficking day.

    “The awareness is high, we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing, and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive.

    “We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war,” he said.


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  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has commended the Kwara Government for its commitment towards reintegrating 113 freed Borstal children The Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Country Office Abuja Ms Nkiru Maduechesi gave the commendation in Ilorin on Friday at the ongoing four day training on child protection case management for the 113 children The training was organised for social workers NGOs and service providers by UNICEF in collaboration with Kwara Ministry for Social Development and Save the Future of Children Initiative SAFIN The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 113 children were among the 122 children and adults released from the Borstal Training Institution Ilorin in 2021 Their freedom was facilitated after a visit to the facility by the Federal Ministry of Justice Presidential Committee on Correctional Reform and Decongestion Nigeria Correctional Service The visit was supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime UNODC Maduechesi told NAN that beyond the release was the problem of psychological trauma abuse mental health issues and other challenges including rejection of some of the children by their parents She said that the Kwara government and SAFIN with support from UNICEF were supporting the 113 of the children s residents in Ilorin to effectively reintegrate them back to the society She said that the effort was under the European Union funded strengthening access to justice for children on the move and other vulnerable children project She added that the project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the government social workers NGOs parents and caregivers to provide adequate care to children According to her the project will also help critical stakeholders to provide children with the needed mental health and psychosocial support in addition to the vocational and educational opportunities they need This will enable them to live a meaningful and productive life and will contribute to the growth and development of their families and their communities free of violence abuse and neglect We are very impressed with the commitment demonstrated by the state and how the government embraced the child protection case management for the affected children We are happy with the cooperation and more importantly the empathy and the passion demonstrated by the social workers undergoing a series of training on case management was very encouraging UNICEF is hoping that going forward Kwara will have an improved child protection system where case management is very effective Maduechesi said that the support was beyond the 113 freed Borstal children but integrating case management in response to all children in need of all kinds of child protection services in the state She added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to use the Child Protection Management System CPIMS to help social workers undertake systematic and professional child protection case management This will enable the government to effectively track the services they are providing in a user friendly way which will ensure accountability to the government families and the children themselves she said Also Dr Wilfred Mamah Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to fully implement its Child Rights Law Mamah described child protection as the prevention and response to violence abuse and neglect adding that the capacity building was to enable the state to respond to child protection related issues efficiently and adequately We are trying to equip them with key principles of how to approach children how to interview a child and how to come down to the level of a child to build trust he said The Commissioner for Social Development Mrs Abosede Aremu also thanked UNICEF SAFIN and other partners supporting the state to reintegrate the children to their families and support them to live productive lives Aremu reiterated the government resolved to work towards protection of the interest of the child for the development of the state Also speaking the Chief Executive Officer SAFIN Mr Oyedele Olufemi equally commended the Ministry for Social Development for its open door policy and advocated for sustainability of the project to reach other children NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF lauds Kwara Govt’s commitment to reintegrate 113 freed borstal children
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has commended the Kwara Government for its commitment towards reintegrating 113 freed Borstal children The Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Country Office Abuja Ms Nkiru Maduechesi gave the commendation in Ilorin on Friday at the ongoing four day training on child protection case management for the 113 children The training was organised for social workers NGOs and service providers by UNICEF in collaboration with Kwara Ministry for Social Development and Save the Future of Children Initiative SAFIN The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 113 children were among the 122 children and adults released from the Borstal Training Institution Ilorin in 2021 Their freedom was facilitated after a visit to the facility by the Federal Ministry of Justice Presidential Committee on Correctional Reform and Decongestion Nigeria Correctional Service The visit was supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime UNODC Maduechesi told NAN that beyond the release was the problem of psychological trauma abuse mental health issues and other challenges including rejection of some of the children by their parents She said that the Kwara government and SAFIN with support from UNICEF were supporting the 113 of the children s residents in Ilorin to effectively reintegrate them back to the society She said that the effort was under the European Union funded strengthening access to justice for children on the move and other vulnerable children project She added that the project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the government social workers NGOs parents and caregivers to provide adequate care to children According to her the project will also help critical stakeholders to provide children with the needed mental health and psychosocial support in addition to the vocational and educational opportunities they need This will enable them to live a meaningful and productive life and will contribute to the growth and development of their families and their communities free of violence abuse and neglect We are very impressed with the commitment demonstrated by the state and how the government embraced the child protection case management for the affected children We are happy with the cooperation and more importantly the empathy and the passion demonstrated by the social workers undergoing a series of training on case management was very encouraging UNICEF is hoping that going forward Kwara will have an improved child protection system where case management is very effective Maduechesi said that the support was beyond the 113 freed Borstal children but integrating case management in response to all children in need of all kinds of child protection services in the state She added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to use the Child Protection Management System CPIMS to help social workers undertake systematic and professional child protection case management This will enable the government to effectively track the services they are providing in a user friendly way which will ensure accountability to the government families and the children themselves she said Also Dr Wilfred Mamah Child Protection Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to fully implement its Child Rights Law Mamah described child protection as the prevention and response to violence abuse and neglect adding that the capacity building was to enable the state to respond to child protection related issues efficiently and adequately We are trying to equip them with key principles of how to approach children how to interview a child and how to come down to the level of a child to build trust he said The Commissioner for Social Development Mrs Abosede Aremu also thanked UNICEF SAFIN and other partners supporting the state to reintegrate the children to their families and support them to live productive lives Aremu reiterated the government resolved to work towards protection of the interest of the child for the development of the state Also speaking the Chief Executive Officer SAFIN Mr Oyedele Olufemi equally commended the Ministry for Social Development for its open door policy and advocated for sustainability of the project to reach other children NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF lauds Kwara Govt’s commitment to reintegrate 113 freed borstal children
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    UNICEF lauds Kwara Govt’s commitment to reintegrate 113 freed borstal children

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the Kwara Government for its commitment towards reintegrating 113 freed Borstal children.

    The Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Country Office, Abuja, Ms Nkiru Maduechesi, gave the commendation in Ilorin on Friday, at the ongoing four-day training on child protection case management for the 113 children.

    The training was organised for social workers, NGOs, and service providers, by UNICEF in collaboration with Kwara Ministry for Social Development and Save the Future of Children Initiative (SAFIN).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 113 children were among the 122 children and adults released from the Borstal Training Institution, Ilorin, in 2021. Their freedom was facilitated after a visit to the facility by the Federal Ministry of Justice, Presidential Committee on Correctional Reform and Decongestion, Nigeria Correctional Service.

    The visit was supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC).

    Maduechesi told NAN that beyond the release, was the problem of psychological trauma, abuse, mental health issues and other challenges, including rejection of some of the children by their parents.

    She said that the Kwara government and SAFIN with support from UNICEF were supporting the 113 of the children’s residents in Ilorin to effectively reintegrate them back to the society.

    She said that the effort was under the European Union-funded strengthening access to justice for children on the move and other vulnerable children project.

    She added that the project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the government, social workers, NGOs, parents, and caregivers to provide adequate care to children.

    According to her, the project will also help critical stakeholders to provide children with the needed mental, health and psychosocial support in addition to the vocational and educational opportunities they need.

    “This will enable them to live a meaningful and productive life and will contribute to the growth and development of their families and their communities free of violence, abuse, and neglect.

    “We are very impressed with the commitment demonstrated by the state and how the government embraced the child protection case management for the affected children.

    “We are happy with the cooperation, and more importantly, the empathy and the passion demonstrated by the social workers undergoing a series of training on case management was very encouraging.

    “UNICEF is hoping that going forward, Kwara will have an improved child protection system where case management is very effective.

    ” Maduechesi said that the support was beyond the 113 freed Borstal children but integrating case management in response to all children in need of all kinds of child protection services in the state.

    She added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to use the Child Protection Management System (CPIMS) to help social workers undertake systematic and professional child protection case management.

    “This will enable the government to effectively track the services they are providing in a user-friendly way which will ensure accountability to the government, families, and the children themselves,” she said.

    Also, Dr Wilfred Mamah, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, added that UNICEF was also supporting the state government to fully implement its Child Rights Law. Mamah described child protection as the prevention and response to violence, abuse, and neglect, adding that the capacity building was to enable the state to respond to child protection related issues efficiently and adequately.

    “We are trying to equip them with key principles of how to approach children; how to interview a child, and how to come down to the level of a child to build trust,” he said.

    The Commissioner for Social Development, Mrs Abosede Aremu, also thanked UNICEF, SAFIN and other partners supporting the state to reintegrate the children to their families and support them to live productive lives.

    Aremu reiterated the government resolved to work towards protection of the interest of the child for the development of the state.

    Also speaking,  the Chief Executive Officer, SAFIN, Mr Oyedele Olufemi, equally commended the Ministry for Social Development for its open-door policy and advocated for sustainability of the project to reach other children.


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  •   The threat of terrorism and organized crime is increasingly entrenched in Africa the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime told the Security Council on Thursday warning that the illegal trade is depriving millions of people of a decent livelihood UNODC chief Ghada Waly said there were around 3 500 victims of terrorist acts in sub Saharan Africa last year almost half of those recorded worldwide The vast Sahel region in particular has become home to some of the most active and deadly terrorist groups and a better understanding of the links between organized crime and terrorism through rigorous data collection is essential he added The evidence is there that the illegal exploitation of precious metals and minerals such as gold silver and diamonds are feeding the extremists with important sources of income and benefiting the groups that control the extraction and trafficking routes He said that based on the UNODC investigation we have established that illegally mined gold and other precious metals enter the legitimate market generating huge profits for traffickers Wildlife trafficking has also been reported as a potential source of funding for militias he added with the illegal ivory trade alone generating 400 million in illicit revenue each year Exploited Millions With a population of about 1 3 billion almost 500 million Africans were living in extreme poverty by 2021 he told the ambassadors This criminal exploitation robs the people of Africa of an important source of income It robs millions of people who depend on these natural resources for their livelihoods And it fuels conflict and exacerbates instability The climate emergency and the COVID 19 pandemic have also wreaked havoc on already fragile economies across Africa and illicit trafficking only serves to further jeopardize development and delay progress on the Sustainable Development Goals She said that sustainable development would be impossible without peace and stability for the continent noting that the UNODC is the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime the main international bulwark against black market traffickers Fighting the networks We support member countries to implement the necessary policies legislation and operational responses to better address terrorist threats In 2021 alone we implemented 25 counter terrorism projects in sub Saharan Africa with more than 160 activities carried out and trained 2 500 people She told the meeting that today in the Sahel UN training workshops are being organized with the UN Interregional Justice and Crime Research Institute to strengthen the understanding and skills of justice officials to work across agencies share intelligence and take down terrorists the networks and those who finance them UNODC also supports ten countries in the sub Saharan region to improve their frameworks to counter the financing of terrorism and money laundering including the Central African Republic CAR Chad the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Niger and Somalia Ms Waly said that UNODC was also working to strengthen inter agency coordination between intelligence services law enforcement financial intelligence units and prosecutors She said conflict zones in Africa were being disproportionately affected by illegal mining and trafficking in precious metals Mineral supply chains are often linked to child abuse human trafficking forced labor and other human rights violations With 60 percent of the African population under the age of 25 young people are both the future of the continent and its most vulnerable citizens But she said that once empowered young people can become powerful agents of change They can create a better future and defend their name and that of their communities and protect their natural resources Empowering youth Ms Waly said she was particularly proud of UNODC s youth led peacebuilding project which in partnership with UNESCO empowers youth to become weavers of peace in the cross border regions of Gabon Cameroon and Chad The goal she said was to create a network of 1 800 young peace weavers Enable them to become actors in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in cross border regions and identify alternative livelihoods for those living in vulnerable cross border communities Defund the terrorists UNODC remains fully committed to supporting Africa s fight against the criminal trade in wildlife and natural resources he assured the ambassadors adding that he welcomed the Council s commitment to the growing concerns that these illicit proceeds are funding terrorist activities and armed groups She said the UN crime fighting effort was ready to help all Africans secure their right to peace stability justice and prosperity for present and future generations Do not leave money for terrorists leaving no one behind
    Almost half of the victims of terrorism in the world are African, and organized crime is increasingly entrenched
      The threat of terrorism and organized crime is increasingly entrenched in Africa the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime told the Security Council on Thursday warning that the illegal trade is depriving millions of people of a decent livelihood UNODC chief Ghada Waly said there were around 3 500 victims of terrorist acts in sub Saharan Africa last year almost half of those recorded worldwide The vast Sahel region in particular has become home to some of the most active and deadly terrorist groups and a better understanding of the links between organized crime and terrorism through rigorous data collection is essential he added The evidence is there that the illegal exploitation of precious metals and minerals such as gold silver and diamonds are feeding the extremists with important sources of income and benefiting the groups that control the extraction and trafficking routes He said that based on the UNODC investigation we have established that illegally mined gold and other precious metals enter the legitimate market generating huge profits for traffickers Wildlife trafficking has also been reported as a potential source of funding for militias he added with the illegal ivory trade alone generating 400 million in illicit revenue each year Exploited Millions With a population of about 1 3 billion almost 500 million Africans were living in extreme poverty by 2021 he told the ambassadors This criminal exploitation robs the people of Africa of an important source of income It robs millions of people who depend on these natural resources for their livelihoods And it fuels conflict and exacerbates instability The climate emergency and the COVID 19 pandemic have also wreaked havoc on already fragile economies across Africa and illicit trafficking only serves to further jeopardize development and delay progress on the Sustainable Development Goals She said that sustainable development would be impossible without peace and stability for the continent noting that the UNODC is the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime the main international bulwark against black market traffickers Fighting the networks We support member countries to implement the necessary policies legislation and operational responses to better address terrorist threats In 2021 alone we implemented 25 counter terrorism projects in sub Saharan Africa with more than 160 activities carried out and trained 2 500 people She told the meeting that today in the Sahel UN training workshops are being organized with the UN Interregional Justice and Crime Research Institute to strengthen the understanding and skills of justice officials to work across agencies share intelligence and take down terrorists the networks and those who finance them UNODC also supports ten countries in the sub Saharan region to improve their frameworks to counter the financing of terrorism and money laundering including the Central African Republic CAR Chad the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Niger and Somalia Ms Waly said that UNODC was also working to strengthen inter agency coordination between intelligence services law enforcement financial intelligence units and prosecutors She said conflict zones in Africa were being disproportionately affected by illegal mining and trafficking in precious metals Mineral supply chains are often linked to child abuse human trafficking forced labor and other human rights violations With 60 percent of the African population under the age of 25 young people are both the future of the continent and its most vulnerable citizens But she said that once empowered young people can become powerful agents of change They can create a better future and defend their name and that of their communities and protect their natural resources Empowering youth Ms Waly said she was particularly proud of UNODC s youth led peacebuilding project which in partnership with UNESCO empowers youth to become weavers of peace in the cross border regions of Gabon Cameroon and Chad The goal she said was to create a network of 1 800 young peace weavers Enable them to become actors in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in cross border regions and identify alternative livelihoods for those living in vulnerable cross border communities Defund the terrorists UNODC remains fully committed to supporting Africa s fight against the criminal trade in wildlife and natural resources he assured the ambassadors adding that he welcomed the Council s commitment to the growing concerns that these illicit proceeds are funding terrorist activities and armed groups She said the UN crime fighting effort was ready to help all Africans secure their right to peace stability justice and prosperity for present and future generations Do not leave money for terrorists leaving no one behind
    Almost half of the victims of terrorism in the world are African, and organized crime is increasingly entrenched
    Africa4 months ago

    Almost half of the victims of terrorism in the world are African, and organized crime is increasingly entrenched

    The threat of terrorism and organized crime is increasingly entrenched in Africa, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that the illegal trade is depriving millions of people.

    of a decent livelihood.

    UNODC chief Ghada Waly said there were around 3,500 victims of terrorist acts in sub-Saharan Africa last year, almost half of those recorded worldwide.

    The vast Sahel region in particular has become home to some of the most active and deadly terrorist groups, and a better understanding of the links between organized crime and terrorism through rigorous data collection is essential.

    he added.

    The evidence is there that the illegal exploitation of precious metals and minerals such as gold, silver and diamonds are feeding the extremists with important sources of income and benefiting the groups that control the extraction and trafficking routes.

    He said that, based on the UNODC investigation, "we have established that illegally mined gold and other precious metals enter the legitimate market, generating huge profits for traffickers."

    Wildlife trafficking has also been reported as a potential source of funding for militias, he added, with the illegal ivory trade alone generating $400 million in illicit revenue each year.

    Exploited Millions With a population of about 1.3 billion, almost 500 million Africans were living in extreme poverty by 2021, he told the ambassadors.

    “This criminal exploitation robs the people of Africa of an important source of income.

    It robs millions of people who depend on these natural resources for their livelihoods.

    And it fuels conflict and exacerbates instability.” The climate emergency and the COVID-19 pandemic have also wreaked havoc on already fragile economies across Africa, and illicit trafficking only serves to further jeopardize development and delay progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

    She said that sustainable development would be impossible without peace and stability for the continent, noting that the UNODC is "the guardian" of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the main international bulwark against black market traffickers.

    Fighting the networks “We support member countries to implement the necessary policies, legislation and operational responses to better address terrorist threats… In 2021 alone, we implemented 25 counter-terrorism projects in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 160 activities carried out, and trained 2,500 people.” She told the meeting that today in the Sahel, UN training workshops are being organized with the UN Interregional Justice and Crime Research Institute, to strengthen the understanding and skills of justice officials.

    to work across agencies, share intelligence, and "take down terrorists."

    the networks and those who finance them”.

    UNODC also supports ten countries in the sub-Saharan region to improve their frameworks to counter the financing of terrorism and money laundering, including the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Niger and Somalia.

    Ms. Waly said that UNODC was also working to strengthen inter-agency coordination between intelligence services, law enforcement, financial intelligence units and prosecutors.

    She said conflict zones in Africa were being disproportionately affected by illegal mining and trafficking in precious metals.

    “Mineral supply chains are often linked to child abuse, human trafficking, forced labor and other human rights violations.

    With 60 percent of the African population under the age of 25, young people are both the future of the continent and its most vulnerable citizens."

    But she said that once empowered, young people can become powerful agents of change: "They can create a better future and defend their name and that of their communities and protect their natural resources."

    Empowering youth Ms. Waly said she was particularly proud of UNODC's youth-led peacebuilding project, which, in partnership with UNESCO, empowers youth to become "weavers of peace" in the cross-border regions of Gabon, Cameroon and Chad. .

    The goal, she said, was to create a network of 1,800 young "peace weavers."

    Enable them to become actors in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in cross-border regions, and identify alternative livelihoods for those living in vulnerable cross-border communities.

    Defund the terrorists "UNODC remains fully committed to supporting Africa's fight against the criminal trade in wildlife and natural resources," he assured the ambassadors, adding that he welcomed the Council's commitment, "to the growing concerns that these illicit proceeds are funding terrorist activities.

    and armed groups.

    She said the UN crime-fighting effort was ready to help all Africans secure their "right to peace, stability, justice and prosperity, for present and future generations."

    Do not leave money for terrorists.

    leaving no one behind."

  •   United States Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andr joined Internal Security Minister Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh Ali and Somali Police Commissioner Major General Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijaar on Wednesday October 5 to inaugurate the newly built Center for Maritime Training in Mogadishu Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa and rich marine resources Ambassador Andr said at the opening event To protect the interests of the Somali people in the sustainable development of those resources the Somali government in coordination between multiple ministries at the federal and state levels requires the means to police monitor and enforce the law in its territorial waters This training center will contribute to the effectiveness of the Somali government in carrying out this important responsibility The U S Government Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL funded the construction of the facility through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Program Global Maritime Crime UNODC GMPC With the cooperation of the Ministry of Internal Security the Somali Police Force and the Mogadishu Coastguard Department Marine Police Unit as well as other partners such as INTERPOL and the Halo Trust the new facility will support training in a secure area that can be jointly accessed by all levels of government law enforcement and international partners providing training support The United States has provided more than 3 million to support Somali led maritime capacity building programs that build the capacity of security and justice partners in Somalia We would like to thank the United States Embassy and the people of the United States for this support of the Somali Police Force said Commissioner Hijaar The ocean needs to be protected both the resources within it and the security on its surface This is just one area where the United States is supporting the Somali Police
    US donates training center to strengthen Somalia’s maritime security
      United States Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andr joined Internal Security Minister Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh Ali and Somali Police Commissioner Major General Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijaar on Wednesday October 5 to inaugurate the newly built Center for Maritime Training in Mogadishu Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa and rich marine resources Ambassador Andr said at the opening event To protect the interests of the Somali people in the sustainable development of those resources the Somali government in coordination between multiple ministries at the federal and state levels requires the means to police monitor and enforce the law in its territorial waters This training center will contribute to the effectiveness of the Somali government in carrying out this important responsibility The U S Government Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL funded the construction of the facility through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Program Global Maritime Crime UNODC GMPC With the cooperation of the Ministry of Internal Security the Somali Police Force and the Mogadishu Coastguard Department Marine Police Unit as well as other partners such as INTERPOL and the Halo Trust the new facility will support training in a secure area that can be jointly accessed by all levels of government law enforcement and international partners providing training support The United States has provided more than 3 million to support Somali led maritime capacity building programs that build the capacity of security and justice partners in Somalia We would like to thank the United States Embassy and the people of the United States for this support of the Somali Police Force said Commissioner Hijaar The ocean needs to be protected both the resources within it and the security on its surface This is just one area where the United States is supporting the Somali Police
    US donates training center to strengthen Somalia’s maritime security
    Africa4 months ago

    US donates training center to strengthen Somalia’s maritime security

    United States Ambassador to Somalia Larry André joined Internal Security Minister Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh Ali and Somali Police Commissioner Major General Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijaar on Wednesday, October 5, to inaugurate the newly built Center for Maritime Training in Mogadishu.

    “Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa and rich marine resources,” Ambassador André said at the opening event.

    “To protect the interests of the Somali people in the sustainable development of those resources, the Somali government, in coordination between multiple ministries at the federal and state levels, requires the means to police, monitor and enforce the law in its territorial waters.

    .

    This training center will contribute to the effectiveness of the Somali government in carrying out this important responsibility.” The U.S. Government Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funded the construction of the facility through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Program Global Maritime Crime (UNODC GMPC).

    With the cooperation of the Ministry of Internal Security, the Somali Police Force and the Mogadishu Coastguard Department/Marine Police Unit, as well as other partners such as INTERPOL and the Halo Trust, the new facility will support training in a secure area that can be jointly accessed by all levels of government law enforcement and international partners providing training support.

    The United States has provided more than $3 million to support Somali-led maritime capacity-building programs that build the capacity of security and justice partners in Somalia.

    “We would like to thank the United States Embassy and the people of the United States for this support of the Somali Police Force,” said Commissioner Hijaar.

    “The ocean needs to be protected, both the resources within it and the security on its surface.

    This is just one area where the United States is supporting the Somali Police."

  •  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons NAPTIP on Monday held a second batch of boot camp peer review for member of states taskforces to fight human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five day boot camp is organised to deepen engagement of members of states taskforce in fighting human traffickers The Director General DG of NAPTIP Dr Fatima Waziri Azi in her opening remarks appreciated Expertise France International Organisation Migration IOM UNODC among others for their support that enabled the boot camp to fruition Waziri Azi said the collaboration would provide avenue to holistically assess the level of progress made by the inaugurated taskforces across the country The NAPTIP DG said although the trends and proportionality of human trafficking might differ statistics revealed that no state was free from human traffickers NAPTIP s statistical analysis from 2019 2022 revealed that 61 per cent of human trafficking cases in the country occurred internally while 39 per cent was across our borders It is an undisputable fact that what anti human trafficking stakeholders have in their hands now is a national crisis This is major reason this forum is imperative for in depth interactions among state and non state actors she said The DG who was represented by Mr Olubiyi Olusayo Director of Intelligence Research and Programme Development NAPTIP said the second phase of the boot camp was organised for 12 states It would enable NAPTIP to take stock of the impact of the taskforces at the subnational levels The states included Edo Ogun Oyo Enugu Rivers Cross River Akwa Ibom Nasarawa Plateau Kaduna Borno and Jigawa she said According to her there is no doubt that human trafficking is a dynamic and emerging crime She urged the taskforces to present and maintain a clearer picture of how human trafficking affected their communities and how traffickers were changing their tactics NAPTIP would be looking forward to receiving and studying the report that would emanate from this five day meeting she stressed Ms Abimbola Adewumi Team Leader Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling programme United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC said the boot camp was a fruitful approach to addressing trafficking in persons Adewunmi said the 2020 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons reported that the use of internet had been integrated into the business model of traffickers The internet facilitates the luring of victims into sexual exploitation forced labour forced criminality and other purposes while also physically exploiting victims Adewunmi said There would be compendium of promising practices to help the taskforces in developing and effectively implementing own strategies to prevent and counter human trafficking The Country Project Manager Expertise France Mr Benjamin Eneanya said the need to establish states taskforces on human trafficking was due to the increasing human trafficking activities at the grassroots The four International Organisations Expertise France UNODC IOM and FIIAPP in collaboration with NAPTIP organised the Peer Review for the taskforces to enhance the system and learning This is also to document good practices identify challenges and work towards sustainable solutions as well as streamline the activities of the traffickers with the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022 2026 he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Trafficking: NAPTIP holds boot camp peer review for member states’ taskforces
     The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons NAPTIP on Monday held a second batch of boot camp peer review for member of states taskforces to fight human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five day boot camp is organised to deepen engagement of members of states taskforce in fighting human traffickers The Director General DG of NAPTIP Dr Fatima Waziri Azi in her opening remarks appreciated Expertise France International Organisation Migration IOM UNODC among others for their support that enabled the boot camp to fruition Waziri Azi said the collaboration would provide avenue to holistically assess the level of progress made by the inaugurated taskforces across the country The NAPTIP DG said although the trends and proportionality of human trafficking might differ statistics revealed that no state was free from human traffickers NAPTIP s statistical analysis from 2019 2022 revealed that 61 per cent of human trafficking cases in the country occurred internally while 39 per cent was across our borders It is an undisputable fact that what anti human trafficking stakeholders have in their hands now is a national crisis This is major reason this forum is imperative for in depth interactions among state and non state actors she said The DG who was represented by Mr Olubiyi Olusayo Director of Intelligence Research and Programme Development NAPTIP said the second phase of the boot camp was organised for 12 states It would enable NAPTIP to take stock of the impact of the taskforces at the subnational levels The states included Edo Ogun Oyo Enugu Rivers Cross River Akwa Ibom Nasarawa Plateau Kaduna Borno and Jigawa she said According to her there is no doubt that human trafficking is a dynamic and emerging crime She urged the taskforces to present and maintain a clearer picture of how human trafficking affected their communities and how traffickers were changing their tactics NAPTIP would be looking forward to receiving and studying the report that would emanate from this five day meeting she stressed Ms Abimbola Adewumi Team Leader Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling programme United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC said the boot camp was a fruitful approach to addressing trafficking in persons Adewunmi said the 2020 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons reported that the use of internet had been integrated into the business model of traffickers The internet facilitates the luring of victims into sexual exploitation forced labour forced criminality and other purposes while also physically exploiting victims Adewunmi said There would be compendium of promising practices to help the taskforces in developing and effectively implementing own strategies to prevent and counter human trafficking The Country Project Manager Expertise France Mr Benjamin Eneanya said the need to establish states taskforces on human trafficking was due to the increasing human trafficking activities at the grassroots The four International Organisations Expertise France UNODC IOM and FIIAPP in collaboration with NAPTIP organised the Peer Review for the taskforces to enhance the system and learning This is also to document good practices identify challenges and work towards sustainable solutions as well as streamline the activities of the traffickers with the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022 2026 he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Trafficking: NAPTIP holds boot camp peer review for member states’ taskforces
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Trafficking: NAPTIP holds boot camp peer review for member states’ taskforces

    The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on Monday held a second batch of boot camp peer review for member of states taskforces to fight human trafficking   The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five-day boot camp is organised to deepen engagement of members of states taskforce in fighting human traffickers.  

    The Director – General ( DG) of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi in her opening remarks, appreciated Expertise France, International Organisation Migration (IOM), UNODC among others, for their support that enabled the boot camp to fruition.  

    Waziri-Azi said the collaboration would provide avenue to holistically assess the level of progress made by the inaugurated taskforces across the country.  

    The NAPTIP DG said although the trends and proportionality of human trafficking might differ, statistics revealed that no state was free from human traffickers.  

    “NAPTIP’s statistical analysis from 2019 – 2022 revealed that 61 per cent of human trafficking cases in the country occurred internally while 39 per cent was across our borders.  

    “It is an undisputable fact that what anti – human trafficking stakeholders have in their hands now is a national crisis.

    ” This is major reason this forum is imperative for in-depth interactions among state and non-state actors,” she said.  

    The DG, who was represented by Mr Olubiyi Olusayo, Director of Intelligence, Research and Programme Development NAPTIP, said the second phase of the boot camp was organised for 12 states.  

    “It would enable NAPTIP to take stock of the impact of the taskforces at the subnational levels.  

    “The states included  Edo, Ogun, Oyo, Enugu, Rivers, Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Borno, and Jigawa,” she said.  

    According to her, there is no doubt that human trafficking is a dynamic and emerging crime.  

    She urged the taskforces to present and maintain a clearer picture of how human trafficking affected their communities and how traffickers were changing their tactics.  

    “NAPTIP would be looking forward to receiving and studying the report that would emanate from this five-day meeting,” she stressed.  

    Ms. Abimbola Adewumi, Team Leader, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the boot camp was a fruitful approach to addressing trafficking in persons.  

    Adewunmi said the 2020 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, reported that the use of internet had been integrated into the business model of traffickers.  

    “The internet facilitates the luring of victims into sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced criminality and other purposes while also physically exploiting victims.

    ,” Adewunmi said.  

    “There would be compendium of promising practices to help the taskforces in developing and effectively implementing own strategies to prevent and counter human trafficking.

    ”   The Country Project Manager, Expertise France, Mr Benjamin Eneanya, said the need to establish states’ taskforces on human trafficking was due to the increasing human trafficking activities at the grassroots.  

    “The four International Organisations – Expertise France, UNODC, IOM and FIIAPP, in collaboration with NAPTIP, organised the Peer Review for the taskforces to enhance the system and learning.  

    “This is also to document good practices, identify challenges and work towards sustainable solutions as well as streamline the activities of the  traffickers with the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022-2026,” he said.


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  •  The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the fight against corruption and other social vices which have hindered the development of the country The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami SAN made this known during the opening ceremony for the Federal Ministry of Justice Top Management retreat in Kano on Friday The retreat Enhancing Systems and Structures in the Federal Ministry of Justice for effective Justice Sector Service Delivery as theme President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent in his efforts to free this country from corrupt practices and adhere strictly to the rule of law he said Malami said the retreat provides opportunity for review and self assessment of the ministry s achievements so far identifying the challenges and areas requiring revitalization to come up with innovative ideas to enhance effective service delivery Legal experts and management professionals will share their wealth of knowledge experience and keep us abreast with contemporary issues that could support us in actualizing this mandate in this retreat The Ministry of Justice is a legacy Ministry that succeeded the Colonial Legal Department thereby making it one of the oldest Ministries in Nigeria that came into existence at independence in 1960 Malami said He note that the Mission and Vision of the Ministry aptly capture what duty the nation entails which includes the sustenance of a healthy relationship between all arms and tiers of government and making Justice accessible to all The ministry is cardinal to the agenda of the government to build a strong and diversified economy improve infrastructure and combat the twin malaise of corruption and insecurity Our duties as State Counsel or administrators are an amalgamation of law and policy Also speaking Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano said the state enacted the Kano State Justice Reform Law 2013 in it s efforts to improve justice service delivery through alternative dispute resolution Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr Nasiru Gawuna said the retreat is aimed at improving access to justice particularly vulnarable groups such as women children persons with disability as well as inmates The state government in its efforts to increase access to justice created a citizens right department as well as Sexual abuse referral centre The department receives complaints on commercial transaction marriage and fostering among others Ganduje appealed to the minister to post more Legal Aid Counsel in Kano Office to enable them assist the state for effective and fairness of Justice delivery Speaking earlier the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice Mrs Beatrice Jedy Agba said the retreat will form the bedrock for the formation of constructive cohesive and drubale strategies To guide the ministry policy programs to enhance organizational effectiveness responsiveness and reliance Justice service delivery is a panacea for peace stability economic growth and development Jedy Agba said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retreat was attended by top management staff of the ministry Attorney Generals of Kano Lagos Nassarawa State UNODC Rule of Law and Anti Corruption RoLAC and other Stakeholders NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to rule of law, fighting corruption
     The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the fight against corruption and other social vices which have hindered the development of the country The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami SAN made this known during the opening ceremony for the Federal Ministry of Justice Top Management retreat in Kano on Friday The retreat Enhancing Systems and Structures in the Federal Ministry of Justice for effective Justice Sector Service Delivery as theme President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent in his efforts to free this country from corrupt practices and adhere strictly to the rule of law he said Malami said the retreat provides opportunity for review and self assessment of the ministry s achievements so far identifying the challenges and areas requiring revitalization to come up with innovative ideas to enhance effective service delivery Legal experts and management professionals will share their wealth of knowledge experience and keep us abreast with contemporary issues that could support us in actualizing this mandate in this retreat The Ministry of Justice is a legacy Ministry that succeeded the Colonial Legal Department thereby making it one of the oldest Ministries in Nigeria that came into existence at independence in 1960 Malami said He note that the Mission and Vision of the Ministry aptly capture what duty the nation entails which includes the sustenance of a healthy relationship between all arms and tiers of government and making Justice accessible to all The ministry is cardinal to the agenda of the government to build a strong and diversified economy improve infrastructure and combat the twin malaise of corruption and insecurity Our duties as State Counsel or administrators are an amalgamation of law and policy Also speaking Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano said the state enacted the Kano State Justice Reform Law 2013 in it s efforts to improve justice service delivery through alternative dispute resolution Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr Nasiru Gawuna said the retreat is aimed at improving access to justice particularly vulnarable groups such as women children persons with disability as well as inmates The state government in its efforts to increase access to justice created a citizens right department as well as Sexual abuse referral centre The department receives complaints on commercial transaction marriage and fostering among others Ganduje appealed to the minister to post more Legal Aid Counsel in Kano Office to enable them assist the state for effective and fairness of Justice delivery Speaking earlier the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice Mrs Beatrice Jedy Agba said the retreat will form the bedrock for the formation of constructive cohesive and drubale strategies To guide the ministry policy programs to enhance organizational effectiveness responsiveness and reliance Justice service delivery is a panacea for peace stability economic growth and development Jedy Agba said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retreat was attended by top management staff of the ministry Attorney Generals of Kano Lagos Nassarawa State UNODC Rule of Law and Anti Corruption RoLAC and other Stakeholders NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to rule of law, fighting corruption
    General news4 months ago

    FG restates commitment to rule of law, fighting corruption

    The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the fight against corruption and other social vices which have hindered  the development of the country.

    The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, made this known during the opening ceremony for the Federal Ministry of Justice Top Management retreat in Kano on Friday.

    The retreat” Enhancing Systems and Structures in the Federal Ministry of Justice for effective Justice Sector Service Delivery” as theme.

    “President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent in his efforts to free this country from corrupt practices and adhere strictly to the rule of law,” he said.

    Malami said the retreat provides opportunity for review and self-assessment of the ministry’s achievements so far, identifying the challenges and areas requiring revitalization, to come up with innovative ideas to enhance effective service delivery.

    “Legal experts and management professionals will share their wealth of knowledge, experience and keep us abreast with contemporary issues that could support us in actualizing this mandate in this retreat.

    “The Ministry of Justice is a legacy Ministry that succeeded the Colonial Legal Department, thereby, making it one of the oldest Ministries in Nigeria that came into existence at independence in 1960″Malami said He note that the Mission and Vision of the Ministry aptly capture what duty the nation entails, which includes the sustenance of a healthy relationship between all arms and tiers of government and making Justice accessible to all.

    ” The ministry is cardinal to the agenda of the government to build a strong and diversified economy, improve infrastructure and combat the twin malaise of corruption and insecurity.

    “Our duties as State Counsel or administrators are an amalgamation of law and policy” Also speaking, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, said the state enacted the Kano State Justice Reform Law 2013 in it’s efforts to improve justice service delivery through alternative dispute resolution.

    Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr Nasiru Gawuna, said the retreat is aimed at improving access to justice particularly vulnarable groups, such as women, children, persons with disability as well as inmates.

    “The state government in its efforts to increase access to justice created  a citizens right department as well as Sexual abuse referral centre.

    “The department receives complaints on commercial transaction marriage and fostering among others” Ganduje appealed to the minister to post more Legal Aid Counsel in Kano Office to enable them assist the state for effective and fairness of Justice delivery.

    Speaking earlier, the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, said the retreat will form the bedrock for the formation of constructive, cohesive and drubale strategies.

    “To guide the ministry policy programs to enhance organizational, effectiveness, responsiveness and reliance.

    “Justice service delivery is a panacea for peace, stability, economic growth and development”Jedy-Agba said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retreat was attended by top management staff of the ministry, Attorney Generals of Kano, Lagos, Nassarawa State, UNODC , Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) and other Stakeholders.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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