Myanmar major source and user of amphetamine drugs, says UN report

The manufacture, trafficking and consumption of synthetic drugs in Myanmar is worsening, with methamphetamine and other amphetamine-type stimulants smuggled from the country affecting neighbouring States and other parts of East and South-East Asia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) says in a new report.

UN and partners unveil programme to combat West Africa’s growing drug trade

With drug traffickers in West Africa increasingly adjusting their tactics to avoid counter-narcotics efforts, the United Nations and partner organizations today launched a comprehensive, integrated programme to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in the region.

Opium poppy cultivation surges in South-East Asia by 22 per cent, UN reports

Opium poppy cultivation surged in South-East Asia by 22 per cent in 2010, apparently due to the global economic crisis, with potential production value rising dramatically to $219 million, a $100 million increase over 2009, according to a United Nations report released today.

Tajikistan key to preventing drug trafficking from Afghanistan – UN official

Tajikistan’s role in preventing the smuggling of drugs from neighbouring Afghanistan is crucial for better security in the Central Asia region, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, lauding the Government’s efforts against narcotics trafficking.

UN study finds ecstasy and related drugs the stimulants most abused in Asia

Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), particularly methamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy, are the drugs most widely abused in East and South-East Asia and have displaced the use of traditional narcotics such as heroin, opium and cannabis, according to a United Nations report released today.

New UN anti-crime chief pledges to emphasize health and human rights

The new United Nations anti-crime chief vowed today to help improve the lives of people worldwide by championing public health, human rights and justice in the fight against drugs and corruption.

Sale of people is one of top illegal businesses in Europe, UN report says

Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe, according to a United Nations report launched today at an event where Spain became the first country on the continent to join the UN Blue Heart Campaign against trafficking in people.

UN opens new courtroom to try pirate suspects in Kenyan port

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Kenya, the country currently holding the highest number of piracy suspects, today opened a new high-security courtroom to try suspects in the port town of Mombasa.

Coca cultivation declining in Colombia but on the rise in Peru, UN agency reports

The cultivation of the raw material for cocaine has declined significantly in Colombia, the world’s leading producer of coca, but the situation in Peru remains worrying with the amount of the narcotic grown there consistently rising, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today.

UN helps Panama strengthen maritime security to curb illicit trade

In an effort to strengthen maritime security in Central America, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Panama today launched a joint programme intended to prevent illicit and counterfeit goods from entering markets through sea ports.