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Homicide rates highest in southern Africa, Central and South America – UN

Southern Africa, Central America and South America are the three areas of the world with the highest homicide rates, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has just published the first comprehensive set of global statistics on such violence.

Opium trade finances Taliban war machine, says UN drug tsar

The opium industry is largely funding the Taliban''s war budget and is a major source of revenue for criminal groups and terrorists in Afghanistan despite becoming less important to the country''s overall economy, according to a United Nations report released in London today.

UN warns of damage from legal rave drug

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned that ketamine, a legal substance used to tranquilize horses, has taken the world’s dance scene by storm, despite the risk it poses to the brain, kidneys and other internal organs.

Drug-related crime biggest threat to public safety in the Americas, warns UN

Drug trafficking and the violence committed by its associated organized crime is the biggest threat to public safety in the Americas, according to the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UN crime fighting agency boosts anti-trafficking efforts in Central America

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has strengthened its efforts to tackle human trafficking in Central America by bolstering national prosecutors’ capacities and improving regional cooperation in law enforcement.

UN anti-drugs agency lauds record heroin seizure in the Gulf

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has hailed the efforts of the authorities in the United Arab Emirates in seizing 202 kilograms of heroin, worth some $11 million, in what is being called the largest-ever heroin bust in the Arab world.

Anti money-laundering technology created by UN agency installed in Namibia

Information technology designed to help countries fight crimes such as money-laundering and the financing of terrorism has been installed at Namibia’s Financial Intelligence Centre with the help the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Coca cultivation in Andean countries on the rise, UN survey shows

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is urging comprehensive, large-scale and ecologically-friendly agriculture and forestry schemes in coca growing areas, after a new survey shows a “marked increase” in cultivation in the Andean region.

Stability in Balkans leads to fall in crime rates – UN agency

Increasing stability across the Balkans after years of turmoil following the break-up of Yugoslavia has led to a sharp drop in crime across the region, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.

Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agree an anti-drugs plan brokered by UN

Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna.