Qatari prince wins certificate of honour from UN anti-drugs office

Qatar’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, today received an award from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for his efforts to encourage young people to turn away from narcotics and achieve their full potential through sport.

More aid needed to help Andean nations contain drug problem – UN

While coca cultivation in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia dropped in 2006, all three Andean nations require more development assistance if progress in containing the drug problem is to continue, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report issued today.

Asian regional control of amphetamines needed, says UN anti-drug chief

With Asia driving the global market for methamphetamine, the continent needs regional control of synthetic drugs to safeguard decades of hard-won progress against illicit substances, the head of the United Nation’s anti-drug unit said today.

Five new experts join UN anti-narcotics panel

Five new experts from three continents have joined the 13-member independent body monitoring the implementation of United Nations drug control conventions, which began its latest session today in Vienna.

UN Drugs and Crime Office partners with Dubai to tackle trafficking and abuse

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Dubai Police today signed a project to tackle drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the United Arab Emirates and regionally.

Senior UN official calls for increased action to nip nascent Afghan drug cartels in the bud

Corruption must be stamped out and borders strengthened to run emerging Afghan drug cartels out of business, particularly in the new ‘Golden Triangle’ of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, the chief United Nations anti-narcotics officer said today.

Media should not glamourize illicit drugs, UN official tells commission

Drug use is too often associated in the media with celebrities rather than consequences, a senior United Nations official said today, calling for a greater press spotlight on the dangers of illicit drug consumption.

Counterfeit medicines endangering lives worldwide, UN-backed panel warns

Unregulated sales of pharmaceutical drugs, including counterfeit medicines, are undermining national drug laws and regulatory authorities while threatening the lives of patients taking them due to lack of safety or efficacy, the head of a United Nations-backed narcotics body said today.

UN report warns of dangers of unregulated sales of both controlled and counterfeit drugs

Unregulated sales – in places such as street markets and the Internet – of both internationally controlled and counterfeit drugs endanger the lives of people worldwide, according to a United Nations-backed annual report of an independent drug control body released today.

Demand surging for services of UN anti-drugs, anti-crime agency

The world is turning increasingly to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for help in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism and other crimes, with the latest figures indicating that demand for the Office’s specialist expertise is surging.