Binding UN-backed treaty against doping in sport signed by 100 countries

The United Nations today celebrated a new milestone in the battle to eliminate doping in sport when Paraguay became the 100 country to sign the first worldwide binding legal instrument that imposes uniform rules, tests and sanctions against the scourge.

Drug crime poses serious threat to West Africa, warns UN official

West Africa is at the heart of an illegal drug trade transporting massive amounts of narcotics from South America to Europe, the United Nations chief on drugs and crime said today, warning of the danger the scourge poses to the region.

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan drops by a fifth, finds UN survey

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has gone down by a fifth as compared to last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today, attributing the decrease to good local leadership coupled with bad weather.

Ban marks International Day by stressing shared responsibility for drug control

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the shared role of all members of society in preventing and reducing the damage caused by drugs, which he said destroy lives, generate crime and threaten sustainable development.

Drug control efforts should focus more on health than crime, says UN official

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged measures to address the “image problem” of global drug control efforts, which he says tend to focus more on the criminality of the problem and not enough on health-related issues.

Afghanistan must do more to rein in ‘unprecedented’ drug trade – UN agency

The United Nations anti-drugs agency today called on the Afghan Government to do more to dismantle major trafficking and criminal networks in the strife-torn nation which remains the world’s largest producer of opium and heroin.