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Issue 71 | April 14, 2015

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here.


Photo: UNODC Two thousand human trafficking victims benefit annually from UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, helps trafficking victims reclaim their dignity and their lives, an audience heard at a high-level event held on the margins of the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. [Read More]  



Photo: UNODC Calls for wildlife and forest crime to be treated as serious crime

UNODC and the CITES Secretariat co-hosted an International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime event on Wildlife and Forest Crime during the 13th UN Crime Congress in Doha. Poaching and illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora have a significant impact on species and entire ecosystems, local communities and their livelihoods, national economies, and national and regional security. [Read More]



Wide view of the Crime Congress 2015, Doha, Qatar. Photo: UNIS Vienna. Spotlight on human dignity, justice at high-level debate on rule of law and development

At a high-level event at the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov told a packed audience that his Office is committed to efforts to oppose the criminals who sabotage the rule of law and sustainable development. [Read More]



Photo: UNODC Crime Congress opens, UN Secretary-General says we must remake world in the image of justice and equality

At an official opening event for the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed there could be no development without human rights or the rule of law. "Our goal," Ban said, "is for the world to speak and to say with one clear voice, 'today was a better day than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today.'"  [Read More]


Photo: UNODC From drug addiction to top-flight rugby: the therapeutic power of social integration

The positive effect that ‪sport can have on social, mental and physical health is widely recognized, and is being used to great effect by the Iranian NGO 'Congress 60'. Working with recovering and recovered ‪drug users, and supported by UNODC, Congress 60 has built upon the social integration effects of sports to complement the process of drug treatment and rehabilitation. [Read More]


Photo: UNODC Opening of refugee exhibition in Vienna reinforces need to support vulnerable smuggled migrants

An exhibition at the Vienna International Centre on the suffering of conflict refugees fleeing to Turkey offered an opportunity for UNODC to showcase its own ongoing activities against migrant smuggling. "We need urgent and resolute international action to save lives, assist victims, as well as to investigate, prosecute and sentence the perpetrators of criminal activities", said UNODC Deputy Executive Director Aldo Lale-Demoz. [Read More]


Photo: Strengthening anti-corruption legislation Strengthening anti-corruption measures through Nigeria's amended extradition law

Every day, in communities large and small all over the world, acts of ‪corruption undermine development, education, health care, justice and democracy. As part of efforts to combat this crime, the Government of ‪Nigeria, with support from UNODC under a European Union-funded anti-corruption project that is being implemented in the country, amended the national extradition law which had been in place since 1967. [Read More] 

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