23 November 2009

Ministerial Conference Promotes Regional Response to Security And Justice in East Africa

VIENNA, 23 November (UN Information Service) - On 23-24 November a Ministerial Conference will take place in Nairobi to strengthen East Africa's comprehensive resistance to organized crime, illicit trafficking, corruption, drug abuse and HIV transmission. The Conference on "Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa", organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and hosted by the Government of Kenya, will involve high-level participants from 13 Eastern African countries.

East Africa faces a number of threats from organized crime, including piracy, trafficking of weapons, drugs and persons, smuggling of migrants, and environmental crime. This has a serious impact on the health, security and development of the region.

It is anticipated that Ministers will agree on a Political Declaration and a "Regional Programme of action to promote the rule of law and human security in East Africa (2009-12)", developed by UNODC and the countries of the region.

The media are invited to a Press Conference on Tuesday 24 November at 1600 hours at the Safari Park Hotel and Casino in Nairobi.

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For further information please contact:

Siri Bjune
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Eastern Africa Regional Office
Telephone: (+254-020) 762-1892
Email: siri.bjune@unodc.org