UNODC to launch new report on effects of violence and drugs on development in Central America

VIENNA/WASHINGTON, 22 May 2007 (UNODC) - The damaging effects of drug-related crime and violence on development in Central American countries will be the focus of a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to be launched on 23 May at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC.

UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa will unveil the report Crime and Development in Central America: Caught in the Crossfire at a news conference at 9.30 a.m. at OAS Headquarters, 17 th Street & Constitution Avenue NW.  OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will also be present.

The report highlights crime as a development issue and stresses the need for greater international support to stem crime and poverty in the region.