UN anti-drug agency reports sharp fall in coca production in Andean region

The area under coca cultivation in the Andean region, which produces almost all of the world’s cocaine, slumped to a 14-year low last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today.

At the Vatican, UN official discusses possible cooperation in preventing drug abuse

The head of the United Nations drug and crime fighting agency today visited the Vatican, where in addition to an audience with Pope John Paul II he discussed possible collaboration in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and illegal activities.

UN anti-narcotics chief says community consensus needed to curb drug abuse

The head of the United Nations anti-narcotics agency today stressed the importance of preventive and therapeutic action before drug abuse becomes a health, social and financial burden.

UN anti-drug office receives more financial support from Tokyo organization

With a history of contributing as much money as some of the world's biggest donor States, the Tokyo-based Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC) has presented the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with another $190,000 to help it do its work around the world.

UN expert panel urges governments to do more to reduce demand for drugs

In a bid to cut the nexus between drug abuse and violent crime, a United Nations expert panel today called on governments across the world to introduce more comprehensive policies to reduce public demand for illegal narcotics.

UN anti-drug office calls for probe after adviser's resignation over 'irregularities'

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today called for an independent investigation after one of its advisers resigned, citing allegations of corruption in the body.

Organized crime spreading, using modern technology, UN panel told

The head of the United Nations drug and crime office has reported that sub-Saharan Africa is the region most impacted by organized crime, and that outlaws were increasingly turning to high technology.

Synthetic drug abuse exceeds that of heroin and cocaine combined - UN

The first-ever United Nations global survey on ecstasy and amphetamines, released in Rome today, reveals a striking picture of rising production, trafficking and abuse of synthetic drugs worldwide.

UN anti-narcotics chief calls on former Soviet states to step up war on drugs

Warning that drug trafficking bankrolls global terrorism, the head of the United Nations anti-narcotics agency today called on the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to step up the war on illicit drugs, especially in view of large-scale opium production in nearby Afghanistan.

UN survey shows stable coca production in Peru, no major shift from Colombia

A new United Nations survey shows that that coca cultivation in Peru has remained stable over the past year - dispelling fears of a possible shift in coca growing from neighbouring Colombia, where a considerable decline had been recently registered.