Security Council debates closer links between multilateral organizations in Europe and Asia

Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the move to increase cooperation between the UN and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Wednesday.

Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows

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.

‘Much work to do and no time to waste’ in cybercrime fight, says UN chief

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.

Uruguay’s move to legalize cannabis endangers global anti-drug effort, UN agency says

Amid growing debate over international drug control policy in Latin America, the United Nations drug and crime agency today said that a decision by the Uruguayan parliament to legalize cannabis is a strike against international cooperation.

UN anti-drug agency names Colombian footballer Falcao new Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations anti-drug and crime agency today named Colombian footballer Radamel Falcao García Zárate as its Goodwill Ambassador for drug prevention.

Designer drugs on the rise as demand for traditional drugs levels off, UN reports on World Drug Day

While the use of traditional drugs is largely stable, demand is soaring for untested concoctions of psychoactive substances that threaten to be more dangerous, the head of the United Nations drug and crime agency said, marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Fighting international crime is key to sustainable development, UN official says

International crime undermines sustainable development, hinders access to education and discourages investment opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, adding that disrupting the flow of illegal profits had become a crucial for successful crime fighting.

UN official praises legacy of Italian magistrates who fought against organized crime

The United Nations top anti-crime official today praised the work of Italian magistrates Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone, who were murdered 20 years ago but continue to exert influence in the way countries combat organized crime.

UN crime meeting opens with focus on threats posed by transnational organized crime

A United Nations meeting on crime prevention today heard how transnational organized crime was a challenge and growing threat to sustainable development and the rule of law.

Rising use and trafficking of illicit stimulants threaten security, health in Asia – UN

The rising manufacture, trafficking and use of methamphetamines in East Asia and Southeast Asia pose a growing threat to public health and security in the region, as transnational organized criminal groups become increasingly involved, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.