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  • Before UN Security Council, UNODC Chief offers full support for Afghan drug control efforts

    Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security. Photo: UN Photo/Amanda VoisardUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov told UN Security Council yesterday that the lessons of the last ten years in counter-narcotics must be integrated into development and security plans. In his briefing to the Council, he added that the international community needs to share responsibility with the Afghan government for countering illicit drugs.

  • UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme marks 10 years making sea trade safer from crime

    Photo: UNODCAn estimated 500 million containers accounting for 90 per cent of the world's cargo are shipped around the world every year virtually uninspected, allowing consignments of narcotics, weapons and other illegal goods to enter countries undetected. The global Container Control Programme was therefore established in 2004 by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to thwart these criminal activities.

  • 60 Years of Laboratory Science in International Drug Control

    Photo: UNODCSixty years ago, the United Nations Narcotics Laboratory - today known as the UNODC Laboratory and Scientific Section - started its operations. The facility, which was originally established to carry out scientific research on opium, cannabis and other substances under international control, now also provides forensic science tools and services to Member States for their efforts against drugs and crime.

  • Executive Director’s interaction with Bangladesh students distills essence of UNODC’s global mandate

    Photo: UNODCIn a wide ranging keynote address to students at Dhaka's prestigious University yesterday, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov outlined his Office's international mission to confront drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. Describing Dhaka as an "energetic" and "vibrant" city, the UNODC Chief discussed first his mission to South Asia and his talks with government leaders to promote an integrated regional response to these challenges.

  • UNODC reaffirms fundamental rights on International Day

    Image: OHCHR campaign 'Human Rights 365'Today is Human Rights Day, which marks the adoption of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. For billions of people in poor countries, health is a basic right, which UNODC supports in many ways. However, many forms of transnational organized crime, including illicit drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, lead to serious human rights violations. Strengthened rule of law is key to the response to these challenges.

  • New study highlights need to increase efforts to prevent violence globally

    Photo: WHOToday, a new UN study was released calling to scale up efforts to prevent violence globally. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

  • UNODC Chief’s South Asia mission moves to Bhutan for drug and crime prevention talks

    Photo: UNODCIn Bhutan for his first official visit to the country, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and several high ranking members of the government of Bhutan, including Acting Prime Minister Damcho Dorji on 8 December. UNODC and Bhutan discussed helping local authorities to counter drug trafficking, how to support drug users and those living with HIV, and how to address human trafficking.

  • UNODC marks International Day with call to ‘Break the corruption chain’ reaching more than 8 million

    Photo: UNODCToday, UNODC and the UN Development Programme are marking the International Anti-Corruption Day with an awareness-raising campaign which will reach more than 8 million people globally. The campaign's message, 'Break the corruption chain', invites people to avoid being part of everyday acts of corruption which undermine education, health, justice, democracy and sustainable development in communities large and small all over the world.

  • Cooperation to stop wildlife crime, illicit drugs on agenda as UNODC chief visits Nepal

    The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met with government leaders in Nepal and learned about the country's anti-poaching initiatives as part of his official visit to South Asia."I appreciate the excellent partnership with Nepal in addressing challenges including illicit drugs, HIV prevention and treatment, terrorism, corruption, human trafficking and wildlife crime," said Mr. Fedotov.

  • India mission underscores support for communities of drug users and those living with HIV

    Photo: UNODCTo mark World Aids Day, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, attended a football match at the Jesus and Mary College Soccer Ground in New Delhi today with teams comprised of drug users and people living with HIV. Mr. Fedotov said: "Communities are best placed to help key groups such as drug users and those living with HIV. They offer local support that upholds human rights and ensures that no one is isolated from the society where they belong."

  • Closing the gap on HIV and AIDS

    Photo: UNODCToday, UNODC commemorates World AIDS Day by remembering those affected by HIV in the last three decades and by renewing our pledges to end AIDS. Although we have made great strides in the last thirty years and the figures constantly improve, some people have been left behind. A gap in the response has affected key populations, such as people who inject drugs and people in prisons.