On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, far more still needs to be done to help victims and end impunity for criminals              


Vienna, 30 July 2015 - Each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal. Yet despite the wide-spread recognition that this is one of today's most exploitative crimes, action is lacking: more needs to be done to dismantle the organized criminal networks behind this, while at the same time it is critical that assistance to victims be stepped up. Read more.

UNODC study shows significant increase in coca leaf production in high density areas      

2 July 2015 - The latest Colombia Coca Survey, produced by UNODC jointly with the Colombian Government, was released today showing that the country's cultivation area and cocaine production both increased substantially in 2014 compared to the previous year. The Survey notes that the net coca cultivation area was up 44 per cent year-on-year from 48,000 hectares in 2013 to 69,000 a year later, while the potential cocaine production, in turn, rose from 290 to 442 metric tons in the same period representing a 52 per cent increase.  Read more

World Drug Report 2015             

 26 June 2015 - Drug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people - slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide - used an illicit drug in 2013.   Read more

... June 26, 2015 -   International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking

...  June 02, 2015 -    Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens its 58th session in Vienna with eye on 2016 drug meeting

 ...  March 11, 2015 - Alternative development products for a sustainable future

...   March 9, 2015 - Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens its 58th session in Vienna with eye on 2016 drug meeting

...  December 18, 2014 - Statement of the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, on International Migrants Day 

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