UN-backed container-profiling project leads to seizure of drugs, counterfeit goods

Latin American port authorities are seizing more drug consignments and counterfeit goods along container routes thanks to a United Nations-backed initiative that is showing growing success after its inception six years ago.

Export value of Afghan opium plummeting, says UN anti-drug agency

The potential export value of Afghanistan’s opium has dropped 18 per cent this year, the United Nations anti-drug body reported today, but it cautioned that further progress hinges on rooting out corruption in the South Asian nation.

Myanmar: UN reports ‘worrisome’ rise in opium cultivation

Opium cultivation in Myanmar has increased for the third year in a row, with the number of hectares rising by 11 per cent – a total of almost 50 per cent since 2006 – although production was down due to a fall in yield per hectare, the United Nations anti-drug agency reported today.

'Bad boy' action star Nicolas Cage steps into real-life 'good cop' role for UN

Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Nicolas Cage, whose action roles have included both a contract killer and a federal anti-terrorist agent, stepped into the world of real crime tonight when he was named Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UN crime chief urges use of anti-graft treaty to restore integrity to financial system

The United Nations crime tsar today blamed shady trading for the financial crisis that rocked most of the world last year, urging governments to use an international anti-corruption treaty to outline measures to restore trust in the financial system.

Evidence of clandestine drugs manufacturing in Guinea concerns UN

The United Nations voiced concern today over evidence recently uncovered in Guinea suggesting that undercover narcotics operations are producing illicit drugs on a large scale in the small West African country.

UN official urges greater investment in drug control and treatment to cut scourge

Amid an increasingly brutal struggle for a bigger slice of the $50 billion global cocaine market between Central American drug cartels, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned that legalizing narcotics would be an “historic mistake,” in a call for a global boost in drug treatment and crime control.

UN drug chief congratulates Ghanaians on multi-million dollar cocaine seizure

The head of the United Nations anti-drug agency today congratulated Ghana on the seizure of a multi-million dollar cocaine shipment in Port Tema earlier this week.

Fight against drugs and crime in south-east Europe gets boost with UN pact

Tackling the challenges posed by illicit drugs and organized crime in south-east Europe is one of the major priorities of a new agreement boosting cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).

UN-supported HIV services target drug-addicted women and Afghans in Iran

The United Nations drug control agency has signed agreements with the Government of Iran to provide HIV prevention and care services to women and Afghan refugees there who are dependent on drugs.