The Second Japan-UNODC Strategic Policy Dialogue
September 1, 2015
- On 16 January 2015, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime held the second Japan-UNODC Strategic Policy Dialogue in Vienna, home of the UNODC headquarters.
- During the Dialogue, progress and achievement of cooperation and projects were reviewed based on the Joint Action Programme, which was signed in the first Strategic Policy Dialogue in June 2013. Major areas of cooperation such as terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and cybercrime, were also discussed.
- Countering terrorism is a major issue which requires intense effort from international societies. The Dialogue provided an important opportunity to enhance cooperation between Japan and UNODC, which is a renowned UN organization with a significant track record in counter terrorism and organized crime, and to explore further possibilities of contribution from Japan.
- Japan and UNODC decided to enhance international technical assistance to counter terrorism in Middle East and Africa, cybercrime in South East Asia including Myanmar, counter narcotics in Afghanistan and so on through contributions to UNODC.
- With a focus on South East Asia, further views were exchanged on strengthening cooperation with a view to enhance synergies between UNODC and UNAFEI (a UN regional institute established by an agreement between Japan and UN).
- Japan and UNODC confirmed to hold such a dialogue annually, sharing the view that it is a meaningful opportunity to explore ways of cooperation on various issues, including gender issues, in the areas of drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice.