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  • Drugs and crime threat mobilizes international support for West Africa Coast Initiative

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (UN Photo/JC McIlwaine)Donor representatives and high-level officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov have gathered in New York to renew their support for the West African region through the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI). Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Fedotov said: "We simply cannot afford to stand by while drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism devastate this already vulnerable region, and threaten international peace and security."

  • UNODC adopts new 'Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime'

    Image: UNODCIn response to the worsening levels of illicit trafficking of fauna and flora, a new 'Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime' has been adopted by UNODC. The Global Programme will be implemented over the next four years and is an important step towards building Government capacity to prevent and combat this crime on a regional, national and local basis.

  • UNODC welcomes FARC, Colombian Government agreement on drugs

    UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov hails the agreement reached in Havana on 16 May 2014 between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) on illicit drugs. The agreement includes three sub-themes: substitution of illicit crops through comprehensive alternative development programmes, demand reduction with an emphasis on public health, and ending the production and commercialization of illicit drugs.

  • Wildlife crime worth USD 8-10 billion annually, ranking it alongside human trafficking, arms and drug dealing in terms of profits: UNODC chief

    Photo: UNODCUrging the international community to "come together at the highest political level" to halt the escalation of wildlife and forest crime, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that the US$8-US$10 billion reaped annually from this ruthless trade ranked it alongside the trafficking of human beings, arms and drugs in terms of illicit profits.

  • While promoting justice, rule of law, Crime Commission paves way to development agenda of the future

    Photo: UNODCThe 23rd session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice opened today in Vienna with a call by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov for Member States to work closely together to combat crime in every country. This year's theme for the Commission is international cooperation on criminal matters, emphasising the need for countries to work jointly in areas such as extradition, legal assistance, confiscation of assets and joint investigations.

  • UNODC Chief stresses lessons learned and common goals for confronting HIV/AIDS as part of the post-2015 development agenda

    Opening the 38th Meeting of the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO), in Rome yesterday, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said, "HIV/AIDS kills around 1.6 million people every year, and has a tremendous impact on societies. If we are to successfully respond to this challenge, we must promote lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS response, including the unique, multi-sectoral approach taken by the UNAIDS Joint Programme."