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  • UNODC and OSCE join efforts to tackle crime and drugs

    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier (left) with UNODC Executive Director, Yury FedotovUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today met Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to discuss a joint action plan that will see the two organizations cooperate in tackling organized crime and illicit drugs. The two organizations intend to undertake substantive, long-term cooperation in combating transnational threats, with particular focus on illicit drugs, illicit firearms and terrorism.

  • New UNODC paper sheds light on smuggling of migrants by sea

    Photo courtesy of FrontexAs the world marked International Migrants Day on 18 December, UNODC released an issue paper on the smuggling of migrants by sea. The paper covers the international legal framework relating to the smuggling of migrants by sea, current responses to and challenges posed by such smuggling and recommendations to strengthen responses. While the smuggling of migrants by sea accounts for only a small proportion of the total number of migrants smuggled worldwide, it accounts for the highest number of deaths among smuggled migrants.

  • UNODC chief discusses drug and crime challenges with Thai Royal Princess

    Photo: ©UNIS/ Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand meets UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov15 December 2011 - UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand as she led a delegation to the reconvened twentieth session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was held in Vienna on 12 and 13 December. Mr. Fedotov expressed condolences to the families of more than 600 Thai nationals who lost their lives in the recent floods in Thailand and to all others affected by that crisis, and said that UNODC would provide assistance in post-crisis activities.

  • Opium cultivation and production in South-East Asia give cause for concern

    Photo: UNODCThe 2011 South-East Asia Opium Survey launched today in Bangkok by UNODC points to "significant increases" in opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar and the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). "The high prices for opium in the Lao DPR and Thailand, as well as steep price increases in Myanmar, are making production attractive to farmers", said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, calling for the creation of alternative livelihoods to wean farmers off opium poppy cultivation.

  • We must remember victims of organized crime and drug trafficking, says UNODC chief

    Photo: UNODCUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov has called on the international community to remember the thousands of victims who suffer from the impact of drug trafficking and transnational crime worldwide. "Whether in Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia or Benin, these people look to us - the international community - for security and for sustainable development. We cannot afford to fail them," he said.

  • Secretary-General calls for action by all to end scourge of corruption

    Act Against Corruption As the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all individuals to act against the cancer of corruption. The United Nations is helping countries to combat corruption as part of a broader, system-wide campaign to help bolster democracy and good governance. The United Nations Convention against Corruption is a powerful tool in furthering those efforts.

  • UNODC strengthens counter-narcotics assistance to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries

    Photo ©UNIS/ From left to right: Sohail Ahmad, Pakistan Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control; Yury Fedotov, Executive Director UNODC; and Baz Mohammad Amadi, Afghanistan Deputy Minister of Interior.High-level government ministers from Afghanistan and neighbouring countries today launched a regional UNODC programme for 2011- 2014 to boost coordinated counter-narcotics efforts and regional stability. The launch follows the International Conference on Afghanistan held in the German city of Bonn to set the future course for Afghanistan after the 2014 handover of power to the Afghan Government.

  • UNODC helps female injecting drug users to fight HIV

    Photo: World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day, commemorated today, is one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness and recognize victories in access to treatment and prevention services for those infected with HIV and AIDS. As part of its work to help fight the scourge, UNODC supports efforts to improve the quality of prevention, treatment, care and support services for women and girls around the globe.