UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Ghada Waly in Bern

Press release, 18.03.2021

Today in Bern Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), received the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms Ghada Waly. Talks focused on Switzerland's and the UNODC's practices in dealing with corruption and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the UN offices in Vienna and Geneva.

This is Ms Waly's first official visit to Switzerland since taking office as UNODC executive director in February 2020. The meeting gave Mr Cassis the opportunity to exchange views with this organization combating organised crime, corruption and drug trafficking. The Federal Council adopted its anti-corruption strategy for the 2021-24 period on 25 November last year.

Ms Waly is also director general of the United Nations Office at Vienna, one of the UN's four headquarters worldwide. During the meeting, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of the UN offices in Geneva and Vienna was also raised. Mr Cassis reiterated his support for a UN system that is effective even during crisis situations.

Mr Cassis seized the opportunity to speak about the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020-2023 and other strategies recently adopted by Switzerland. He highlighted the Digital Foreign Policy Strategy (2021-2024) and planned measures to boost International Geneva in this area.

Further information:

United Nations Office on Drugs and crime (UNODC) (fr/en)

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