Vienna, 15 April 2013 Press release

Lopatka: "Vienna-based organisations bear responsibility for global security and energy"

State Secretary and UNODC Director discuss steps to combat human trafficking

Vienna, 15 April 2013 – "The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) plays a leading role in the fight against human trafficking, a matter that will also be on the agenda of the UN General Assembly’s May session in New York. The recently published EU study on human trafficking shows that more efforts need to be taken to put an end to this modern form of slavery. Austria is going to increase the sentence for human trafficking as from early May and contribute its share to a clampdown on human traffickers at the European level", State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said after his meeting with the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director of UNODC, Yuri Fedotov.

"Vienna is the place where the global responsibility for measures against cross-border security threats, such as drug trade, organised crime and corruption is pooled. Energy is another focal area of the multilateral work performed here in Vienna. In both areas, the Vienna-based international organisations are highly committed and do an excellent job world-wide", Lopatka said.

"UNODC is playing a leading role in the fight against drugs, and with its annual world drug report it provides a sound basis for concerted action of the international community. The next UN drug report will be presented in Vienna in May, underlining the importance of UNODC and of Vienna as its venue", Lopatka said.

"With the new UN Office for the implementation of the UN initiative "Sustainable Energy for All", Vienna will be the driving force for international energy networking efforts in future. The energy cluster of Vienna, to date comprising eight institutions, is growing", Lopatka concluded.


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