UN drug control office welcomes Afghan ban on opium poppy cultivation

Welcoming Afghanistan’s new ban on all opium poppy cultivation, the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) today said the prohibition represented a “very important step” in international efforts to control the illicit narcotics trade.

Interim head named for UN anti-drug and crime fighting agency

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named a replacement for Pino Arlacchi as head of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna and the UN anti-drug agency.