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.

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.