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Issue 77 | August 3, 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 Annual Report highlights UNODC's vision of protecting sustainable development from threat of drugs and crime

In its latest Annual Report, UNODC provides an overview of the work being done across the multitude of areas mandated to the Office. From illicit drugs and their impact on health, to transnational organized crime and terrorism, UNODC assists countries in all regions of the world in their efforts against these interconnected challenges. [Read More]


Photo: UNODC UNODC welcomes first United Nations General Assembly resolution on wildlife crime

The unanimous decision at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on 'Tackling Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife' has been strongly welcomed by UNODC. This resolution is an important step towards tackling the organized criminal networks who profit from the illegal killing of some of the world's most iconic species.  [Read More]


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

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. 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. [Read More] 


Photo: UNODC 'Let's develop our communities without drugs': 2015 World Drug Day marked globally

Every year on 26 June, the network of offices UNODC has around the globe observe World Drug Day. On this occasion, people from different regions voiced this year's message: a balanced approach to confront drug supply and drug demand is fundamental. Moreover, the importance of alternative sources of income for farmers who cultivate illicit crops was raised. [Read More]


UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, and the High Representative of the European Union on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. Photo: UNODC Terrorism and organized crime discussed at meeting with EU High Representative

After meeting with the High Representative of the European Union on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the UNODC Executive Director underscored the EU's importance as an ally in global efforts against drugs, corruption and terrorism. He stressed the need to confront migrant smuggling by protecting victims, and by maximising use of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime [Read More]


Photo: Hugo Solar Latest UNODC survey shows substantial coca crop decline in Peru

According to the latest crop monitoring survey, coca bush cultivation in the country fell almost 14 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013. UNODC's Representative in Peru, Flavio Mirella, highlighted the comprehensive approach taken by the Government, which, together with its decision to increase annual eradication goals, includes pursuing complementary pre- and post-eradication strategies. [Read More]


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