Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a meeting with Ghada Wali, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Cairo on Sunday, 2 January 2022 (photo courtesy of the presidency)
El-Sisi reiterated the importance of boosting efforts to exchange expertise related to the UN programmes on illicit drugs and crime in order to maintain world security and stability.
El-Sisi made his remarks during a meeting with Ghada Wali, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cairo on Sunday.
Wali expressed her appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Egyptian president to support the UNODC, noting that she "counts on Egypt's continued support for her efforts in the coming stage to enhance the potential of the world community in the fight against threats resulting from cross-border organised crime and corruption."
During the meeting, Wali reviewed the UNODC's activities, paying special attention to the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration issued at the end of the ninth edition of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) held in the Red Sea resort city in December 2021.
The conference, which is held every two years, is one of the world's largest anti-corruption gatherings and brings together people from member states, parliaments, inter-governmental organisations, civil society and the private sector.
The ninth edition was attended by 2,170 representatives from 144 countries, the highest number of attendances in the history of the convention.
"It represented a global milestone to improve international cooperation against corruption and help the world recover from the pandemic," the UNODC 's executive director assured.
Wali outlined the details of international cooperation with the UNODC in light of recent regional developments in Afghanistan, especially with regard to arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and the exacerbation of terrorism and refugees phenomena.
She also reviewed ongoing preparations with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to hold an international conference in Egypt in 2022 on fighting the smuggling of antiquities, particularly where it is being used to finance terrorism and organised crime.