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Greenland: resources key to international recognition

Photo: RAXGreenland, the world’s biggest island could become the first independent country of indigenous people in modern times if the current search for oil, gas and minerals bears fruit.

The Prime Minister of the “Naalakkersuisut”, Greenland’s Home Rule, Kuupik Kleist, has declared that his Government will seek independence from Denmark when the economic situation allows. In a self-governing agreement with Denmark in 2009, the Greenlanders were recognized as a distinct people with the right to self-determination and given greater control over potential oil finds.

In practice the agreement can serve as a road map to independence if /when the 57,000 Greenlanders are self-sufficient but for now they are dependent on grants from the state budget of Denmark. Greenland has been part of the Danish Kingdom for three hundred years but was granted limited sovereignty when home rule was established in 1979.

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A picture tells a thousand year old story

Photo: RAXIt has been said about Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson´s photo of an elderly woman in Greenland that it captures the history of a thousand years.

Axelsson, who signs his photo as RAX, has been a news photographer for Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið for three decades, but his photographs and picture essays have been published in LIFE, National Geographic, Le Figaro, Stern, La Vanguardia, TIME, to name but a few.

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66th UN General Assembly: EU high level presence in New York

President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will make a statement on behalf of the EU on economic growth and sustainable development at the United Nations’ General Debate on 22 September.

* Agenda Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, to address the UN General Assembly pdf

* Agenda José Manuel Barroso, High-Representative/Vice-President Ashton, as well as EU Commissioners Piebalgs, Dalli, Georgieva and Hedegaard pdf

* The President of the European Council at the United Nations - Storify
The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, is in New York from 20/09 to 23/09 and addresses the General Assembly on behalf of the EU on the 22nd. [Story UPDATED regularly]

* EU makes UN debate debut

* European Union @ United NationsEuropean Union @ United Nations: 66th UN General Assembly

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UNODC Executive Director discusses crime and drug prevention with high-level Italian officials

Vienna / Rome. 07 June 2011. - UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with several senior Italian officials to discuss a range of drug- and crime-related matters, including migrant smuggling into Southern Europe on the back of the recent and ongoing events in North Africa.

Mr. Fedotov’s meetings with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Franco Frattini, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Angelino Alfano, and the Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Alfredo Mantovano, covered a range of issues which the Executive Director noted were of critical importance to regional safety and security. Mr. Fedotov also held discussions on drug demand reduction and treatment and prevention of drug use with Senator Carlo Giovanardi and Mr. Giovanni Serpelloni, Director of the Department for Anti-Drug Policies in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Italy’s commitment to countering international crime and its relationship with UNODC is a longstanding one. Italy has been one of the main donors to UNODC and contributed more than US$ 110 million over the last ten years. In December 2000 the Italian Government hosted the first High-level Political Conference of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime allowing Member States to sign this critical treaty and representing a historic milestone. A decade later the Convention – or Palermo Convention as it is widely called – is considered the world’s foremost tool in tackling cross-border criminals.

“The Palermo Convention and its Protocols are the most important legal tools in today’s global fight against organized crime. They are the sole universal instruments that we have to counter transnational crime, the trafficking of persons, tackle smuggling of migrants and work against the movement of illicit firearms” said Mr. Fedotov.

The meetings also covered the current developments in North Africa with the Executive Director noting that UNODC is working closely with the UN system in defining responses to the changes in the region and ensuring that issues concerning criminal justice and security sector reforms are addressed.

The issue of transatlantic cocaine was also covered, following the May 2011 G8+ Ministerial Meeting which was convened to discuss this topic. Mr. Fedotov praised the endorsement of the G8 Plan of Action and Political Declaration which recognized the role played by the international drug control conventions and UNODC. The Executive Director also labelled the formation of an anti-cocaine trust fund which is to be financed by confiscated proceeds “progressive” and noted that “by using drug money to fight this scourge it sends a clear message to criminals that this will not be tolerated.”

Lastly, the issue of counter-piracy work and maritime security was discussed. Italy was recently appointed Chair of the ad hoc group on illicit financial flows linked to piracy which was established by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), and has contributed to UNODC’s Anti-Piracy Trust Fund in support of the Puntland prison construction project and building prosecutorial support in the area.

For further information please contact:

In Rome, Italy:

Daniela Salvati, Liaison Officer: UN Interregional Crime & Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

T: (+39-06) 678-9907 | M: (+39-339) 683-5836 | E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In Vienna, Austria:

Alun Jones, Chief of Communication and Advocacy: UNODC

T: (+43-1) 26060-5726 | M: (+43-699) 1459-5726 | E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Swedish ‘lottery of life’ campaign wins UN award for public service advertising

Save the Children Sweden's campaign, The Lottery of Life, wins UN advertising awardAn interactive campaign from Sweden that asks the public to place themselves in the shoes of someone less fortunate and imagine what their daily lives would then be like is this year’s winner of a UN award designed to honour advertising that promotes the ideals of the world body.

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