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Published On: 20 October 2010 12:18 am

Kenya’s Amina Mohammed elected COP president

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Amina C. Mohamed has been elected President of the COP (Conference of State Parties) to the UNTOC for a term of two years.

Mohammed is leading a high-powered Kenyan delegation to the 5th Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) which got underway in Vienna on Tuesday.

She succeeds Ms Elizabeth Verville of the United States of America (USA), who represented the America Group.

The United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime addresses issues of transnational organized crime such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, trafficking in arms, piracy, slavery and forced labour among other issues.

The Convention is supplemented by the following protocols:-

  1. Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.
  2. Protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea, and air, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.
  3. Protocol against the illicit manufacturing and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Apart from the president there are 8 vice-presidents who are the resident ambassadors from Italy, representing the Western Group [WEOG]; Kazakhstan and Indonesia representing the Asian Group;

Romania and Poland representing the East European Group [EEG]; Mexico and Argentina representing Latin American Group [GRULAC]; Algeria representing the African Group; and a Rapporteur from the United States of America who is also a representative of WEOG”.

Accepting her election, Mohammed paid a tribute to her predecessor Elizabeth Verville for her leadership noting that her continued membership of the bureau would contribute to the organization’s effort to rid the world of crime.

“I very much welcome the opportunity to serve the Conference in this capacity, especially at this tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime” said Mohammed.

“The fifth Conference provides a unique and excellent opportunity to take stock of the road travelled so far and to renew our commitment to the Convention’s ideals by achieving the objectives we have set for this anniversary conference”.