By Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
9 December 2016
Each year, on 9 December, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. We treat this not only as a means to raise awareness, but also as an opportunity to showcase innovative ways that people and organizations can work together to counter this scourge.
Corruption affects each and every one of us: our healthcare suffers when funds for medical equipment are stolen; our education systems are hit when school budgets are illegally siphoned off; and our political institutions are undermined when bribes are paid and kickbacks sought.
The transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which the world committed last year, has put efforts to fight corruption in context and has given us a new perspective. Preventing and fighting corruption is an essential investment to the infrastructure that we need to put in place to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Our challenge is to create and sustain effective, transparent and accountable institutions at all levels.
The task that we have ahead of us therefore is to develop a new norm – one where corruption is not seen as part of life, or as a part of doing business, or where impunity is accepted.
But what can we do to achieve this? Continue reading
UNIC Windhoek took the lead this year to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The Centre collaborated with the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as an NGO, Circle of Friends and the National Drug Law Enforcement Unit to present an educational programme sensitizing the youth on the dangers of drug abuse. The programme was presented to 184 seventh grade students in Windhoek. UNODC’s National Programme Coordinator in Namibia. Ms. Ruusa Mushimba delivered a short speech on their mandate and work globally.
The educational programme was led by the UNIC team who guided the students through a presentation highlighting what drugs are, the biological, emotional and societal effects of drugs as well as the illegal trafficking networks. The presentation included videos depicting the long term effects of drug abuse, illegal trafficking networks as well as the role of the media in the portrayal of drugs. Continue reading
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.
UNIC Windhoek followed suite and hosted an event at the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary school in Katutura involving the participation of the eleventh and twelfth grade learners.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. UNODC Namibia teamed up with UNIC Windhoek and other organizations such as Blue Cross Namibia, the Namibian Police and Circle of Friends to encourage people in society to actively take part in these campaigns and to bring substance and meaning to the day.
UNIC team highlighted that 27 years ago the day was recognized as a reminder of the goals set by the UN member states, to create an international society free of drugs.
International drug day has particular significance in Namibia because it is has been recognized that alcohol and drug abuse is one of Namibia’s biggest development difficulties and has been playing a part in domestic violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS, especially among the young schooling in urban and rural. Continue reading