Law and Crime Prevention

UN anti-narcotics panel calls for better support for youth and marginalized

Helping marginalized communities and young people experiencing drug problems must be an international priority, the United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said today, urging countries to protect these groups so they can be reintegrated into society.

Graft plagues global anti-narcotics efforts – UN panel

Corruption is a major impediment in combating illicit drug trafficking, the independent United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said today in its annual report, while also warning that the production of synthetic stimulants is growing.

Experienced academic chosen to head UN anti-narcotics panel

A renowned Iranian physician and professor who is resident in the United Kingdom has been elected the next President of the independent body which monitors the implementation of United Nations drug control conventions.

UN-backed drama on Lao TV spotlights perils of child trafficking

A compelling television drama produced with United Nations support about a Lao teenage girl who is trafficked abroad, where she suffers both physical and sexual abuse, had its national premiere on Lao Television today as part of a campaign to warn young people of the dangers they face and to stimulate awareness and discussion.

Global support crucial to keep Laotian farmers from opium – UN official

Once the third-largest opium producer in the world, Laos and its farmers need the global community’s support so poverty doesn’t force its farmers to rely on opium production, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.

UN survey shows dramatic drop in Laotian opium poppy cultivation

Laotian opium poppy cultivation has declined 73 per cent since 2004 while opium production has dropped 67 per cent, marking the first time in many years that the Lao People's Democratic Republic no longer qualifies as a major supplier of illegal opiates to the international drug market, according to a United Nations survey released today.

Experts gather for UN meeting to tackle flow of heroin from Afghanistan

United Nations officials and senior policy-makers from around the world are meeting today in Vienna to discuss how to halt or reduce the rising flood of heroin being exported from Afghanistan.

Annan says UN working on new tools to foster rule of law and transitional justice

The United Nations is working on developing "important new tools" to strengthen its support for the rule of law and transitional justice in States that are either still facing or just emerging from conflict, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council today.

Laos reduces opium poppy cultivation by half - UN report

Opium cultivation in Laos fell by 45 per cent this year, and if it continues alongside a similar decline in Myanmar, could mean the end of more than 100 years of opium production in the Golden Triangle, the United Nations anti-drug agency said today.

Links between Afghan drug trade, terrorism stressed at Vienna talks: UN agency

A group of countries meeting in the framework of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) said today that the Afghan heroin trade was continuing unchecked and needed urged response, especially in view of its links to terrorism.