Top UN anti-drug official to attend Central Asia meeting on regional cooperation

The top United Nations anti-drug official is set to travel for the first time to Central Asia, where he is scheduled to attend a two-day meeting on sub-regional drug control cooperation.

Annan condemns calls for drug legalization

Messages calling for the legalization of drugs or dismissing illegal drug use as an unavoidable part of growing up are "insidious" and must be resisted, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Top UN official in Belgium to discuss global drug war with Europeans

The role of the United Nations in the global fight against drugs and crime will be the focus of talks between the UN's top anti-narcotics official and those from Belgium and the Brussels-based European organizations.

UN officials call for breaking intravenous drug abuse-AIDS link

Highlighting the link between intravenous drug use and transmittal of the AIDS virus, United Nations officials today called for global efforts to establish policies, including public awareness campaigns, to address the spread of the deadly disease through these risky practices.

UN observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Drawing attention to the efforts to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and well-governed country, the United Nations main anti-drug agency today said such measures provided an opportunity to make "significant progress" in substantially reducing the supply of opiates in the narcotics market.

Top UN anti-crime official reports progress in drug control efforts in Afghanistan

The United Nations is taking a comprehensive approach to halting the cultivation and production of narcotics in Afghanistan, the new Executive Director of the UN Office For Drug Control And Crime Prevention (ODCCP) said today in Vienna.

Drug activity widespread on World Wide Web, UN expert panel reports

Quick to use new technologies, drug traffickers and criminal elements have started exploiting the Internet as a vehicle for trading illegal drugs, according to new report released by a panel of United Nations experts.

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.