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  • 57th CND session ends with resolutions that signpost way forward in tackling illicit drugs

    After seven days of discussion and debate on drug policy, the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) closed with Member States adopting 11 resolutions. Many of these cover touchstone drug policy issues, such as alternative development, substance use disorders, new psychoactive substances, ensuring adequate services for drug abusers and evidence-based drug use prevention.

  • Drug consumption and trafficking in West Africa: Local impact, international implications

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (left) and former President of Nigeria and current Chair of the West Africa Commission on Drugs President Olusegun Obasanjo (right)

    Drug consumption and the impact of trafficking on governance, security and development in West Africa was highlighted this week at an event organized by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). Held on the side-lines of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the event was addressed by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, the former President of Nigeria and current Chair of the WACD President Olusegun Obasanjo, and WACD Commissioner Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.

  • UNODC receives donation from the Japanese Drug Abuse Prevention Centre

    Photo: UNODCUNODC signed today a funding agreement with the Japanese Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC) that provides grants to NGOs who work in the area of drug prevention. Speaking at the signing ceremony, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said, "I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the close to US$5.5 million the DAPC has raised in support of UNODC's work during this time."

  • Cross-border cooperation key in addressing Central and West Asia's drug trafficking problem

    Photo: UNODCThe trafficking in Afghan opiates poses serious challenges to public health and international security not only in the country's immediate region, but also in other parts of the world. Multilateral efforts facilitated by UNODC, such as its Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries, are strengthened by strategic alliances to counter the flow of drugs out of Afghanistan and by bringing together officials from the countries most affected by this illicit trade.

  • Ministerial Statement stresses health, prevention and treatment in countering world drug problem

    Member States issued a Joint Ministerial Statement today at the close of the High-level Review highlighting the importance of health, prevention and treatment, including protection against HIV, as envisaged by the conventions.

  • Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens its 57th session in Vienna

    Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens its 57th session in ViennaToday marks the start of the High-Level segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 57 th session at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with the participation of delegates representing Member States, the civil society, and other stakeholders. The meetings and events will continue next week (17-21 March) where a number of issues will be discussed.

  • UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO launch anti-trafficking campaign: 'Your Actions Count – Be a Responsible Traveller'

    UNWTO, UNODC, UNESCO CampaignUNODC, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking. The Campaign was presented to the tourism sector at the 2014 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin.

  • Planet’s biodiversity threatened by wildlife crime says UNODC Chief on World Wildlife Day

    World Wildlife DayIn a statement issued on World Wildlife Day, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, noted that our "stewardship of this planet's biodiversity" is threatened if there are no attempts made to reduce the demand for animal parts, while disrupting supply by seizing the assets of the criminal networks who commit this crime.