World leaders recommit to drug control measures at UN drug commission

Recognizing that the illicit drug problem is still a global challenge that constitutes a serious threat to health, development and security, world health ministers and top government officials at an annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNCND) adopted a set of recommendations to enhance the implementation of drug control measures.

Learn why young people take to drugs to solve the problem – UNICEF

Society must understand the reasons why young people turn to drugs rather than just punish them if it wants to solve the problem of addiction, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told an international conference on drug use today.

UN forecasts 100-ton drop in worldwide cocaine production

In a major achievement in the international fight against illicit drugs, the United Nations anti-drug office today said it expected a removal of 100 tons of cocaine from world markets, due to a 30 per cent decrease in Colombian coca cultivation.

UN anti-drug agency steps up fight against narcotics trafficking in Balkans

United Nations officials and police chiefs from seven Balkan countries have taken a further step to enhance intelligence-based policing in the battle against illegal narcotics trafficking through the region.

Drug trade harms economic growth, UN-linked narcotics panel finds

An independent panel overseeing United Nations drug treaties warned today that the narcotics trade harms long-term economic growth in the developing world and also strongly cautioned against any moves to legalize illicit drugs.

Top UN anti-drug official to attend Central Asia meeting on regional cooperation

The top United Nations anti-drug official is set to travel for the first time to Central Asia, where he is scheduled to attend a two-day meeting on sub-regional drug control cooperation.

Annan condemns calls for drug legalization

Messages calling for the legalization of drugs or dismissing illegal drug use as an unavoidable part of growing up are "insidious" and must be resisted, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Top UN official in Belgium to discuss global drug war with Europeans

The role of the United Nations in the global fight against drugs and crime will be the focus of talks between the UN's top anti-narcotics official and those from Belgium and the Brussels-based European organizations.

UN officials call for breaking intravenous drug abuse-AIDS link

Highlighting the link between intravenous drug use and transmittal of the AIDS virus, United Nations officials today called for global efforts to establish policies, including public awareness campaigns, to address the spread of the deadly disease through these risky practices.

UN observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Drawing attention to the efforts to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and well-governed country, the United Nations main anti-drug agency today said such measures provided an opportunity to make "significant progress" in substantially reducing the supply of opiates in the narcotics market.