Top UN anti-crime official reports progress in drug control efforts in Afghanistan

The United Nations is taking a comprehensive approach to halting the cultivation and production of narcotics in Afghanistan, the new Executive Director of the UN Office For Drug Control And Crime Prevention (ODCCP) said today in Vienna.

Drug activity widespread on World Wide Web, UN expert panel reports

Quick to use new technologies, drug traffickers and criminal elements have started exploiting the Internet as a vehicle for trading illegal drugs, according to new report released by a panel of United Nations experts.

UN drug control office welcomes Afghan ban on opium poppy cultivation

Welcoming Afghanistan’s new ban on all opium poppy cultivation, the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) today said the prohibition represented a “very important step” in international efforts to control the illicit narcotics trade.

Interim head named for UN anti-drug and crime fighting agency

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named a replacement for Pino Arlacchi as head of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna and the UN anti-drug agency.

UN to honour grassroots leaders in fight against drug abuse, crime, terrorism

A human rights activist and an anti-drug advocate are among the four winners of the United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award for their outstanding contributions to the global campaign against drug abuse, crime and terrorism.

UN panel to look at how globalization, new technology have changed drug trade

A United Nations expert panel is meeting in Vienna this week to examine the affect of globalization and new technology on drug trafficking.

UN drug control agency reports sharp drop in Afghanistan's poppy cultivation

Opium production in Afghanistan dropped sharply this year, according to the results of a major survey released today by the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).

UN denies press report that drug control agency chief was asked to step down

A United Nations spokesman today denied a news report in the Financial Times of London that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has allegedly asked the head of the UN drug control agency, Pino Arlacchi, to leave at the end of his term.

Positive power of sports highlighted on UN Day against Drug Abuse

The United Nations system today seized the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking to highlight the positive power of sports in reducing the demand for illegal drugs.

UN oversight body faults decision-making at world body's drug control office

After reviewing administrative practices at the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), the UN oversight body has found flawed decision-making and urged top management to create a more collegial environment.