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Issue 73 | May 12, 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 Central Asia: new regional cooperation platform against organized crime, illicit drugs

Recently, UNODC and five Central Asian countries signed a new programme of partnership for the period 2015-2019. The agreement represents the key strategic framework under which UNODC provides technical assistance and advisory services in the region. The agreement was signed by representatives of UNODC, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC "No country can tackle the threats of drugs and crime alone," says UNODC Chief at Central Asia meeting on illicit drugs

At a recent event in Turkmenistan, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov noted that cooperation and coordination are essential to counter the problem of illicit drugs in Central Asia. The renewal of an anti-drug trafficking pact - known as the Sub-regional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - took place at the meeting, hosted by the Turkmen President and the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs. [Read more]


Photo: UNODC Strengthening legal systems to tackle terrorism

UNODC has developed two new handbooks - one on human rights and another on air and sea terrorism prevention - intended to assist States in strengthening their efforts against terrorist activities. These represent one of the greatest global challenges to international security, and no country is immune. To counter the threat of terrorism, there are many important steps that States need to take, with establishing a strong legal system against terrorism key among them. [Read more] 


Photo: UNODC Migrant smuggling in Asia increasingly complex and dynamic

In a new report, UNODC warns that the smuggling of migrants poses a significant threat to Asia, generating an annual value of $2 billion for criminal groups and leading to deaths and human rights abuses. The report, entitled 'Migrant Smuggling in Asia: Current Trends and Related Challenges', analyzes the smuggling of migrants in 28 states from the Middle East to the Pacific. It found that criminal networks are exploiting gaps between demand and regular migration, with smuggling fees now reported as high as $50,000. [Read more]



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