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Denmark and UNODC launches new programme to counter transnational, organised crimes in the Horn of Africa

Denmark and UNODC launched new programme on 25th February to counter transnational, organised crime at land and sea in the Horn of Africa. The programme comprises initiatives totalling DKK 28 million for a four-year period and will be implemented in Somalia and Kenya.

On 25th Feb 2019, on the waterfront in Mogadishu, the Danish ambassador to Somalia, Mette Knudsen, together with the UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, launched a new programme on countering transnational organised crime in the Horn of Africa.

The aim of the programme is to strengthen the exercise of government authority across land and see borders to address and interrupt smuggling of humans, weapons and other illicit goods related to terrorism finance.

Speaking at the Somalia Maritime Police Headquarters in Mogadishu, ambassador Knudsen, stated: As a long-term partner and friend of the Horn of Africa nations, Denmark is committed to enhance the rule of law and human security in the region. The nexus between transnational organized crime and violent extremism that increasingly constitutes a threat to local and international peace and security is what Denmark is seeking to address with this programme.

UNODC/ Dr. de Andrés stated:  “supporting Members States to tackle organised crime is at the heart of UNODC’s mandate and a key initiative of the Global Maritime Crime Programme.  The partnership between Denmark and UNODC is a demonstration of this work at its best: programming designed jointly with our Somali partners to deliver impact on land and at sea”

The programme comprises initiatives totalling DKK 28 million for a four-year period and will be implemented in Somalia and Kenya initially. The programme is funded by Denmark’s Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa 2018-2022.

The programme supports national law enforcement strategies and is implemented within the framework of UNODC's Regional Programme for Eastern Africa 2016-2021 and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, ultimately in support of achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about Denmark’s Peace and Stabilisation Programme:
http://somalia.um.dk/en/danida-en/stabilisation-frame/ext



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