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Policies should also focus on limiting the availability of firearms and on providing meaningful work alternatives to youth, according to the report. “Although there is no one ideal approach for crime and violence prevention, interventions such as slum-upgrading projects,

youth development initiatives and criminal justice system reform can contribute to reducing crime and violence,” Francis Maertens, Director of UNODC’s Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs said.

Canadian legal expert takes top ethics post at UN

3 May - A Canadian lawyer with extensive experience in governmental ethics has been appointed Director of the United Nations Ethics Office, a key element of reform of the Organization mandated by the 2005 World Summit, a UN spokesperson announced today.

Robert F. Benson served as the Interim Ethics Commissioner in the Canadian Parliament and, prior to that, was Deputy Ethics Counsellor within the Canadian Government. Mr. Benson succeeds Nancy Hurtz-Soyka who has been the Interim Director of the Ethics Office since its inception in early 2006.

Conceived by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Office was established to administer financial disclosure and whistleblower policies mandated by the General Assembly in its 60th Session.

In addition, the Office provides confidential advice to staff to help them avert conflict of interest problems. Mr. Benson started work at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 1 May.

UN envoy to Liberia opens workshop series for immigration officers

3 May - The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia today opened the first of a series of six workshops aimed at strengthening the skills of immigration officers posted throughout the country, as part of efforts to improve controls in a region renowned for having porous borders.

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, called on the 50 participants at the first workshop to carefully control the borders of the country while avoiding corrupt practices and keeping strictly within both domestic laws and the international agreements and commitments made by the Government.

“You are the face of Liberia for most foreign investors and you have to give them a good impression,” he said. The training workshops, which have been organized in part by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), are expected to attract about 700 immigration officers, from regional commanders to more junior staff members. Participants will discuss such topics as migration law, interview techniques, the powers and ethical conduct of immigration officers, and their relationship with the court system.


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