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  • In closing the 58th Session of the CND, UNODC Chief calls for evidence-based practices in drug use treatment

    Photo: Aldo Lale-Demoz, UNODC, Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, and Ambassador Arthayudh Srisamoot, Chairperson and Permanent Representative o f ThailandSpeaking at the closing of the 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which drew around 1,000 participants made up of national delegations, civil society, inter-governmental organizations and the media, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that evidence-based practices are the best means of preventing and treating drug abuse and ending the misery of millions of people.

  • Each person counts: Treating drug dependent people with respect

    A special event was held this week in Vienna to address the stigma around drug use disorders and highlight the need for evidence-based drug dependence treatment and care. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov opened the session noting that, "it is essential to focus on the human dimension - the men, women and children affected by drug use and dependence, and all of the consequences for health and society that illicit drugs can have."

  • Alternative development products for a sustainable future

    Photo: UNODC Chocolate and coffee are not ordinarily official topics of discussion at UN meetings, but this week at the 58th Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the role of alternative development and its commercial and social impacts was covered at an event held on the side-lines of the CND entitled 'Reassessing Alternative Development in the UNGASS 2016 process' - in reference to next year's UN General Assembly special session on drugs.

  • Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens its 58th session in Vienna with eye on 2016 drug meeting

    Photo: UNODCThe 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) opened today in Vienna, where UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said working with the CND had enabled UNODC to "put in place integrated, inter-regional responses linking UNODC's country, regional and global programmes to confront the challenges of illicit drugs".

  • UNODC chief outlines strategy to address smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean

    Photo: FrontexThe smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean poses both a humanitarian concern and a criminal threat. Each year, countless children, women and men - often those escaping conflict and other disasters in their countries - fall prey to organized crime. As part of the United Nations' work in addressing this issue, a number of organizations met this week in London to discuss the collective responses being rolled-out around irregular migration.

  • World Wildlife Day 2015: It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime!

    World Wildlife DayThe second World Wildlife Day, themed 'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime' is being observed globally today. Once an emerging threat, wildlife and forest crime has now transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside trafficking in drugs, arms and human beings. Beyond the immediate impact on the world's fauna and flora, the illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues.