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Issue 114 | November 30, 2018

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news.
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Prosecutors from Africa and Europe agree closer cooperation against human trafficking and migrant smuggling; Photo: UNODC

Mexico and UNODC present second opium poppy cultivation survey

The Government of Mexico and UNODC presented the opium poppy cultivation survey on Mexico covering the periods of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. The report estimates that opium poppy cultivation increased by 21 per cent in the country between these time periods, representing a net increase of 5,400 hectares. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC Supports Launch of Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network in West and Central Asia targeting illicit wealth in the Region UNODC Supports Launch of Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network in West and Central Asia targeting illicit wealth in the Region

To enhance asset recovery in West and Central Asia by sharing experiences on domestic and international legislation as well as policy and procedures, UNODC and the General Prosecutors Office of Kazakhstan hosted the launch meeting of the regional Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network West and Central Asia (ARIN-WCA) from 22 to 23 November in Astana, Kazakhstan. [Read More]

 

Home, the most dangerous place for women, with majority of female homicide victims worldwide killed by partners or family, UNODC study says Home, the most dangerous place for women, with majority of female homicide victims worldwide killed by partners or family, UNODC study says

Around 87,000 women were killed around the world last year, some 50,000 - or 58 per cent - at the hands of intimate partners or family members. This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know, according to new research published by UNODC.[Read More]

 

UNODC takes E4J's Model UN Guide to India; Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Social media, a challenging new platform for judges around the world

While the pace of developments in technology continues to accelerate to the great pleasure of many, it does present challenges to certain categories of professional disciplines whose nature does not lend itself well to much flexibility; with the preservation of judicial integrity at the helm of their principles, many judges may have difficulty embracing rapid innovation.[Read More]

 

 

UNODC supports development of national indicators for Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 16 in Central Asia (Photo: UNODC/Yuriy Korsuntsev) UNODC supports development of national indicators for Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 16 in Central Asia

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia and the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, hosted a two-day "Meeting on Monitoring and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: Supporting the five Central Asian states, Azerbaijan and Georgia," in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 13 November.[Read More]

 

 

Actions to combat illicit trafficking of opiates from Afghanistan identified by Paris Pact Initiative at Beijing meeting Actions to combat illicit trafficking of opiates from Afghanistan identified by Paris Pact Initiative

Opium originating in Afghanistan is a threat to safety and security in Asia and beyond. Among other things it fuels organized crime, helps finance terrorism, and endangers health in Afghanistan and in all countries to which these drugs are trafficked. The Paris Pact Initiative, an international coalition dedicated to countering the threats linked to illicit traffic in opiates from Afghanistan, identified key recommendations at a high-level meeting in Beijing,[Read More]

 

Sharp drops in opium poppy cultivation, price of dry opium in Afghanistan, latest UNODC survey reveals Sharp drops in opium poppy cultivation, price of dry opium in Afghanistan, latest UNODC survey reveals

The total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan remains at very high levels despite a decrease by 20 per cent compared to 2017. The potential production of opium decreased by 29 per cent in 2018 compared to last year, while farm-gate prices hit an all-time low, according to the 2018 Afghanistan Opium Survey.However, the decreases, in particular in the Northern and Western regions, were mainly attributed to the severe drought.[Read More]

 

Role of well-governed and accountable security sector in addressing transnational threats explored at OSCE-UNODC sub-regional expert meeting in Minsk

Role of well-governed and accountable security sector in addressing transnational threats explored at OSCE-UNODC sub-regional expert meeting in Minsk

The importance of a well-governed and accountable security sector in effectively addressing transnational organized crime, including trafficking in persons and illicit drugs, corruption and terrorism, was the focus of a sub-regional expert-level workshop for senior practitioners and policy-makers from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine in Minsk on 14 and 15 November 2018.[Read More]

 

UNODC helps countries uncover real magnitude of trafficking in persons and report on SDG 16 UNODC helps countries uncover real magnitude of trafficking in persons and report on SDG 16

UNODC and the respective national authorities of Ireland, Romania and Serbia, in partnership with Walk Free Foundation, have carried out studies to estimate the number of victims of trafficking in persons in these three countries. The studies made use of the Multiple Systems Estimation (MSE) methodology and found that, in 2016, there were nearly 200 trafficking victims in Ireland, around 1,200 in Romania and 970 in Serbia.[Read More]

 

Trilateral Cooperation between Japan, Russia and UNODC to support counter-narcotics efforts of Afghanistan Trilateral Cooperation between Japan, Russia and UNODC to support counter-narcotics efforts of Afghanistan

UNODC, Afghanistan, Japan and the Russian Federation signed a declaration on 12 November that gives an overview of the past achievements and highlights the new development of the Trilateral Cooperation between UNODC, Japan and Russia to support counter narcotics efforts of the Government of Afghanistan.[Read More]

 

 

Myanmar hosts talks on Asia Pacific strategy to control drug-making chemicals Myanmar hosts talks on Asia Pacific strategy to control drug-making chemicals

High-level delegations from East, South and Southeast Asia met in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, to consider the deteriorating synthetic drug situation in the region and negotiate a new strategy to address the diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals used in production.[Read More]

 

 

For decades, UNODC has been a global leader in the fight against crime and illicit drugs, assisting Member States in their struggle to prevent and control these scourges which destroy so many lives and livelihoods. With the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, funded by the State of Qatar to promote a culture of lawfulness around the world, UNODC has added a crucial element to this struggle which unites all nations: the education of younger generations to ensure a better tomorrow. UNODC's Education for Justice initiative: inspiring, changing, innovating

For decades, UNODC has been a global leader in the fight against crime and illicit drugs, assisting Member States in their struggle to prevent and control these scourges which destroy so many lives and livelihoods. With the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, funded by the State of Qatar to promote a culture of lawfulness around the world, UNODC has added a crucial element to this struggle which unites all nations: the education of younger generations to ensure a better tomorrow. [Read More]

 

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