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4 February 2019

Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov:
Statement on Safer Internet Day

5 February 2019

VIENNA, 5 February (UN Information Service) - Together for a better Internet means working across communities and countries to make the Internet safer, most of all for children.

Sexual exploitation, extortion and other crimes committed via darknets and social media represent serious threats to young people getting online in ever greater numbers. Women and girls are disproportionately harmed.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is working with government, civil society and business through our Global Cybercrime Programme and Education for Justice initiative to build capacities and protect children.

That means advanced training and capacity building for effective law enforcement action in all countries, because cybercrime knows no borders. It also means broadening awareness and education among Internet users.

By working together, we can secure the many benefits of the Internet and foster peace, communication and greater prosperity.

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Sonya Yee
Speechwriter and Spokesperson, UNODC
Phone: (+43 1) 26060-4990
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