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EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Statement by State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner on Non-traditional security challenges

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19th EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Bandar Seri Begawan/ Brunei Darussalam, 26 April 2012

Statement by H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Waldner,
State Secretary for European and International Affairs of Austria on
Non-traditional security challenges

Mr. Chairman,
Dear Cathy,
Dear colleagues,

No part of the world is spared from the devastating effects illicit trafficking of drugs, arms and persons, money laundering, corruption, cybercrime or terrorism. These non-traditional security challenges destabilize governments, undermine democracy, the rule of law and the respect for human rights and endanger the economic and social development of countries.

Austria believes that the framework of EU-ASEAN offers an important forum to foster cooperation and coordination in combating new security threats. Regional and multilateral partnerships can serve as a platform for an effective response to transnational organised crime which ultimately weakens a rights-based international system and the capacity of individual states to maintain good governance.

We are convinced that the United Nations must play a crucial role in our joint efforts to prevent and combat cross-border crime. Therefore, all Member States should become parties and implement relevant international legal instruments such as the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Austria strongly supports the work of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as one of the most experienced bodies dealing with non-traditional security challenges with a clear focus on the rule of law.

Finally, I would like to mention one specific Austrian initiative we are promoting with our partners on the international level:

The International Anti-Corruption Academy which was established in cooperation with UNODC and INTERPOL in Austria in 2010 aims at providing anti-corruption education, research and professional training. More than 50 states have already signed or ratified the agreement. We highly welcome the active involvement of some ASEAN partners in establishing the Academy and call on others to join this initiative.

Thank you.