In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction is now a Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state. They told Conor Lennon from UN News that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.
The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers.
The recognition of drug addiction as a disease was the focus of a panel discussion at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday. “Leaving No One Behind: the Opioid Epidemic as a Global Challenge”, was organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to highlight the growing problem of addiction worldwide.
A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.
Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations sheds light on the plight of millions of children, women and men – especially migrants – who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world.
Lack of understanding about human trafficking in the Pacific region contributes to the crime going undetected there. Benjamin Smith from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told UN News why better data is needed to understand how modern-day slavery impacts these island nations.
The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime.