Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to Visit Japan
Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will visit Japan upon invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from July 24 to 29.
- During her stay in Japan, Executive Director Waly will attend the Ninth Japan-UNODC Strategic Policy Dialogue, which will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She will also hold meetings with Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japanese government officials and others, and give a lecture at Waseda University.
- The Government of Japan attaches importance to the efforts of UNODC, the only UN agency that comprehensively addresses issues such as terrorism, organized crime, corruption, and drugs. It is expected that Executive Director Waly’s visit will further strengthen the cooperative relationship between Japan and UNODC.
UNODC was established in 1997 as a result of the merging of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. Headquartered in Vienna, UNODC carries out research and analyses on illegal drugs and crime, helps countries with the conclusion and execution of conventions related to crime and narcotic drugs and with the development of domestic legislation, and provides technical cooperation for capacity building in countering organized crime and terrorism.
- (1) 2014–2019 Minister of Social Solidarity of Egypt, Chair of Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States
February 2020 Appointed UNODC Executive Director (Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna)
- (2) This will be Ms. Waly’s second visit to Japan as UNODC Executive Director.
In March 2021, Ms. Waly visited Japan to attend the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto Congress) and paid a courtesy call on then Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide.