CAIRO: Mr Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, will travel to the Arab Republic of Egypt on 8 May 2016 for a three-day official visit.
The purpose of the visit is 1) to launch the UNODC Regional Program for the Arab States to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats and Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems in Line with International Human Rights Standards (2016-2021); and 2) to hold high-level meetings with senior officials in the Egyptian Government.
Mr. Fedotov will launch the Regional Program along with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr. Nabil El-Araby, in an official ceremony to be followed by a press conference at the Headquarters of the League of Arab States.
Mr Fedotov will meet with Egypt’s Minister of Justice, Counselor Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Social Solidarity, Dr. Ghada Waly, the Prosecutor General, Counselor Nabil Sadek as well as other high-level officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Health and Population.
These high-level meetings will revolve around Egypt’s priorities in the fight against terrorism, violent extremism, corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and other forms of transnational organized crime. Current and future cooperation between UNODC and Egypt will also be discussed.
Egypt and UNODC have a long history of cooperation. UNODC, at the invitation of Egypt, established a program office in Cairo in 1997 which has grown into the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa overseeing a Regional Program for 18 participating Arab States in partnership with the League of Arab States.
The preceding was a press release by the United Nations Information Centre-Cairo, and does not reflect the editorial policy of The Cairo Post.