Tackling Afghan drugs and crime requires broad, global strategy – UN official

A top United Nations official today stressed the need for a broad strategy and greater international cooperation to boost counter-narcotics and crime prevention efforts in Afghanistan.

UN drugs office to send assessment mission to Kyrgyzstan

The UN office that deals with the illicit drug trade announced today that it will send a mission to Kyrgyzstan to assess what action can be taken to combat the trafficking of Afghan heroin in Central Asia.

Afghan opium production nearly halved, UN report finds

Afghan opium production has decreased by almost 50 per cent this year, the United Nations said in a new report released today, while cautioning that rising prices on the global market may induce farmers to cultivate more of the lucrative crop.

Central America under threat from tentacles of drug trade, UN debate hears

Drug cartels now threaten the basic stability and social fabric of many Central American countries, Costa Rica’s President told the United Nations today, warning that the battle against narco-trafficking can only be won if nations worldwide overhaul their current strategies.

Fighting drug abuse, trafficking must be part of the battle against poverty, Ban says

Drug abuse and illicit trafficking hold back achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should be fought as part of an overall policy to wipe out social ills, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Leading drug producer Afghanistan witnessing rise in addiction – UN

Afghanistan, the world’s leading producer of opium and hashish, is seeing an increasing number of its own citizens taking drugs, according to a new United Nations report released today, which found that around one million people – eight per cent of the population – suffer from addiction.

On International Day, Ban urges greater efforts to curb illicit drug trafficking

Marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for stepped up aid and tightening the rule of law to halt the cultivation, production and trafficking of illicit drugs.

UN drug tsar urges States to tackle crime and dependency together

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today urged governments around the world to treat illegal drug dependence as an illness, as well as a crime, and to devote more resources to crime prevention, treatment for users and harm reduction.

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.