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New Framework for Measuring and Assessing Organized Crime in the Western Balkans by UNODC

Arisen from the need for a holistic understanding of organized crime to its core, nature, and extent, the UNODC initiated the development of a framework for measuring and assessing organized crime in the Western Balkans. Knowing that the lack of comparable data analysis on the dynamics of organized crime is a persistent impediment to high-quality […]

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UNODC Newsletter Vol.24 Contributing to the WB IISG

UNODC released on 20th February its fourth and last newsletter in the region of South Eastern Europe for the year 2017. The newsletter includes a very comprehensive collection of past UNODC events and activities in the period from October to December 2017 in the fields of terrorism prevention, anti-corruption, money-laundering, financing of terrorism and asset […]

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UNODC presents the Regional Programme for SEE and highlights the importance of the WB IISG

UNODC presented, at its Ninth meeting of the Programme Steering Committee today, the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. The Executive Director of UNODC, Mr. Yury Fedotov, in his opening statement highlighted the importance of regional ownership, the newly adopted EU Enlargement Strategy and encouraged all international partners to follow the integrative approach in regional […]

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RAN Policy & Practice Events in 2018

In order to diminish the communication gap between policymakers and practitioners, the Commission tasked the RAN Centre of Excellence (RAN Coe) to organize six Policy & Practice events in 2018. The aim of these meetings will be to involve different stakeholders (national and local authorities, communities, practitioners, academia, as well as RAN Working Groups) in […]

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A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans

We welcome the rhetorical shift of the new EU Strategy for the Western Balkans (6 February 2018) away from conditionality towards that of engagement. At the core of its mechanism, the IISG fully acknowledges the extensive and concrete engagement of WB authorities during the last decade and a half in cooperation with the EU and […]

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Handbook on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist Groups and Violent Extremist Groups

On the 26th January 2018, UNODC launched the¬†Handbook on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups: The Role of the Justice System. The use of children by violent extremist or terrorist groups is certainly not a new phenomenon. It`s slowly rose to a global phenomenon, which needs proper prevention, tackling and understanding […]

DCAF International Foundation Council Meeting to discuss IISG innovative approach

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017, The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control and Armed Forces (DCAF) headquarters will host the Foundation Council Meeting. The later will be attended by DCAF Council Members and their representatives from over 60 countries, and permanents observers. During the meeting a thematic discussion on IISG will addressed this innovative initiative, […]

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Ministers of the Western Balkans endorse the IISG mechanism in the Western Balkans

Today, at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, the IISG Board at the level of ministers of interior/security was convened in the framework of the hosting Brdo Process led by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior. The ministers expressed their full support and endorsed the establishment of the IISG framework together with the Terms of Reference to […]