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Gentiloni – Meeting with the Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UNODC

The main threats to global security were the focus of discussion at the Farnesina today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, and the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov.

Minister Gentiloni underscored Italy’s support for and appreciation of the work of UNODC in all spheres. UNODC’s activity ranges from combating Da’esh and its foreign fighters to initiatives under the Palermo Convention, to programmes to combat drug trafficking and support the conversion of illegal crops, especially in Afghanistan.

terrorism, fighting transnational organised crime and the trafficking of migrants, drug trafficking, and the trafficking of cultural assets. The trans-national nature of all of these criminal activities “means that international cooperation to prevent and counter such activity is both vital and strategic”, said Gentiloni. “The United Nations system, to which Italy lends its full support, is the multilateral framework of reference to develop such cooperation”.

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