اللقاء الإعلامي الدوري لمركز الأمم المتحدة للإعلام بالقاهرة يسلط الضوء على تهريب المهاجرين في المتوسط ونتائج مؤتمر منع الجريمة والعدالة الجنائية

05 May 2015

القاهرة، 5 مايو 2015- (مركز الأمم المتحدة للإعلام)- إستضاف اللقاء الإعلامي الدوري بمركز الأمم المتحدة للإعلام اليوم السيد مسعود كريمي بور المدير الإقليمي لمكتب الأمم المتحدة المعني بالمخدرات والجريمة لتسليط الضوء على قضية تهريب اللاجئين في البحر الأبيض المتوسط واستعراض أهم نتائج مؤتمر منع الجريمة والعدالة الجنائية الذي عقد بالدوحة الشهر الماضي.  

وإعتبر السيد كريمي بور أن إعلان الدوحة يمثل إعلانا تاريخيا لأنه كرس إجماعا عالميا على ضرورة منع الجريمة وتعزيز العدالة الجنائية وسيادة القانون كأسس محورية للإستدامة وإدماج هذه الأبعاد في خطة الأمم المتحدة للتنمية لمابعد 2015 ، إضافة للإجماع على تعزيز التعاون الدولي في التصدي للجرائم الناشئة مثل جرائم الأنترنت والإتجار بالبشر وتهريب المهاجرين وجرائم الحياة البرية ومكافحة الإرهاب ومحاربة التدفقات المالية التي تدعمه. كما ذَكر السيد كريمي بور بأن المؤتمر شهدا حضورا هاما إذ شارك في أعماله أكثر من 4 آلاف وحضره 100 وزير كما تميز ، للمرة الأولى في تاريخ مؤتمرات منع الجريمة و العدالة الجنائية ، بحضور الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة. 

وبخصوص مسألة تهريب المهاجرين في المتوسط وما تخلفة من مآسي إنسانية رهيبة ذكر كريمي بور أن إتفاقية الأمم المتحدة حول الجريمة المنظمة عبر الوطنية تضمنت تركيزا على التعاون الدولي لمكافحة تهريب المهاجرين. وأبرز في هذا المجال الدعم الذي يقدمة مكتب الأمم المتحدة المعني بالمخدرات ومكافحة الجريمة لدول منطقة الشرق الأوسط  وشمال أفريقيا للرفع من القدرات الوطنية خاصة في مجالات مراقبة الحدود ومكافحة الإتجار بالبشر وتعقب الجرائم والتحقيق فيها وإصدار الأحكام بشانها. وذكر أن أكثر من 2000 مسئول إستفادو من التدريبات التي نظمها مكتب الأمم المتحدة المعني بالمخدرات ومكافحة الجريمة.

وفي نفس السياق أكد كريمي بور أن معالجة مشكل الهجرة غير الشرعية في المتوسط يتطلب مقاربة شاملة على المدى البعيد في إطار تعاون فعال بين دول أوروبا وجنوب المتوسط وأفريقيا جنوب الصحراء. وأكد على أهمية دراسة إمكانيات تطوير الهجرة الشرعية والمنظمة وعلى أهمية التعاون لتعزيز التنمية والأمن وحقوق الإنسان بما يوفر لمواطني الضفة الجنوبية للمتوسط آفاقا واعدة يمكن أن تمثل بدائل للهجرة غير الشرعية وتحد منها.

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UNIC Cairo media briefing highlights smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean and the outcome of the 13th Crime Congress

05 May 2015
Media Briefing

UNIC Cairo’s bimonthly media meeting was hosted by the UNODC Regional Director to brief the media on the smuggling of refugees in the Mediterranean and the key outcomes of the Doha crime, held in Doha last month.

The Regional Director considered that the Doha Declaration was a historical one as it marked a global consensus on acknowledging crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law as key components for sustainability, and on the need to integrate these dimensions in the UN post-2015 development agenda. He said the congress also reached a consensus on the need to strengthen international cooperation to address emerging crimes such as cybercrime, human trafficking, and smuggling of migrants, wild life crimes, fighting terrorism and combating illegal financial flows that support terrorists. The Director also recalled that the congress witnessed an important presence - more than 4000 participants including 10 ministers. The congress was also marked, for the first time in its history, by the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Concerning the smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean and the ensuing terrible human tragedies, the Director said that the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime focuses on international cooperation to combat the smuggling of migrants. He reviewed in this regards the UNODC support provided to MENA countries to help in strengthening national capacities in border control, combating human trafficking, tracking, investigating and prosecuting these crimes. He said that more than 2000 officers benefited from trainings provided by the UNODC.

Addressing illegal immigration and the smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean, the Director stressed that it required a comprehensive long term approach and effective cooperation between European, southern Mediterranean and African sub-Saharan countries. In this regard, he called for creating alternatives to illegal migration by considering possibilities for legal migration and most importantly through promoting international cooperation to provide better prospects for socioeconomic development, security and human rights in the southern Mediterranean.

UNIC Lagos Director takes UN70 and post-2015 development agenda to partners

04 May 2015
UNIC Director at the University of Lagos TV Studio

In his quest to reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to serve “We the Peoples” and build strong partnership for the observance of the 70th anniversary of the UN in Nigeria, the Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Ronald Kayanja, has taken the message of the UN70 and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda to UN Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and media partners in Lagos.

“The UN 70th anniversary”, Kayanja noted during his meetings with partners, “is not the celebration of the UN as an organisation alone, but the celebration of all the peoples of the world.”

Referring to the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70, the Director said, "The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.

Kayanja, who in the last two weeks has led the UNIC Lagos team to one-on-one partnership meetings with Seven UN Agencies, eight NGOs, three media organisations and three educational institutions, spoke about the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this year and highlighted the strategic importance of the post-2015 sustainable development initiative.

He called on partners to join hands with the Centre in its efforts to effectively disseminate life-saving and development-oriented information to the Nigerian populace. 

The seven UN Agencies visited were United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The NGOs included United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN); United Nations Association of Youth (UNOY); All Nigeria United Nations Students Association (ANUNSA); Media Awareness and Information For All Network (MAIN); Warein Rose Foundation; Third Age Foundation; Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals in Nigeria (ASCPN); and Femi Arts Warehouse.

The media organisations visited included the Voice Nigeria (VON), Channels Television and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while the educational institutions were The University of Lagos; the Lagos State University and Falomo High School, Lagos.

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Orientation Workshop to promote the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

07 April 2015
At the workshop

UNIC Khartoum, in collaboration with Teeba Press - a reputable media training centre – and with support from the Ministry of Justice, the Police Department for Combatting Human Trafficking, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), organized on 7 April, an orientation workshop for the national media to promote the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Doha. 

The workshop focused on human trafficking and migrants smuggling, and was attended by over 40 national journalists who were briefed on the Congress and the issues to be discussed.

Ms. Igbal Khidir, who represented the Ministry of Justice and the Advisory council on Human Rights, gave a presentation on the national and international legal framework on human trafficking and migrants smuggling.

The Senior Protection Officer from UNHCR and the Programme Coordinator from IOM gave presentations on the conceptual framework of these crimes and the roles played by both UNHCR and IOM to help prevent and combat the crimes.

The Director of the Unit of Combating Human Trafficking Police Colonel Al-Sadiq Ahmed Adam, talked about his practical experience during the past four years and his views on how things could be improved.

In addition to providing logistical support for the event, the  Program coordinator  of Teeba Press and prominent journalist Faisal Mohamed Salih gave a presentation on the credible and accurate reporting and how that could influence and shape policies and help mobilize public support to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrants smuggling.

Folders with information material on the UN Crime Congress, human trafficking and migrants smuggling, in addition to material prepared by the UNODC were distributed to all participants.