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Issue 75 | June 23, 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 Countering narcotics: Afghanistan Drug Reporting System launched

UNODC and the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics have launched the Afghanistan Drug Reporting System, the latest project in their partnership of more than three years and an important collaborative document from the Research Capacity-Building partnership. This tool is the first ever comprehensive and interactive online system for all counter-narcotics related data in the country. [Read more]


Photo: Operation COBRA Successful operation highlights growing international cooperation to combat wildlife crime

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) - which includes UNODC - has welcomed the results achieved during Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation conducted in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing the criminals involved to justice. The operation resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC Afghan heroin now also being trafficked through Africa: new UNODC report

A significant portion of opiates originating in Afghanistan are transiting Africa before being trafficked onwards to Europe, North America and other consumer markets, UNODC noted in a new report. Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world and the 'Balkan' route has traditionally been the primary route for trafficking heroin out of Afghanistan. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC More than a game: Combating corruption through mobile apps

A free mobile application comprising seven games aimed at promoting a culture of transparency and integrity among children has been launched by UNODC and Bolivia's anti-corruption and transparency ministry. The newly released games are called Play Fair and provide children and teenagers with information on corruption, transparency and integrity. The app was developed based on existing games designed for public spaces. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC Expanding synthetic drugs market inhibiting development in East and South-East Asia and Oceania

The demand for synthetic drugs in East and South-East Asia and Oceania continues to rise, while rapid economic integration is creating new opportunities for transnational criminal groups to expand the illicit drug trade, warned UNODC in a new report released under the Global Synthetics Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme. [Read more]



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