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On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' global response

26 June 2016 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.


Record 29 million people drug-dependent worldwide; heroin use up sharply – UN report

23 June 2016 – The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years in 2014, while the number of people who used at least one drug stayed at five per cent of the adult population, according to the annual report prepared by the United Nations.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June 2016 – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.


'Go wild for life,' UN says on World Environment Day

05 June 2016 – Marking World Environment Day, which this year focuses on the illegal trade of wildlife, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on everyone to “go wild for life” and take action to help safeguard species under threat for future generations.


UN reiterates need to tackle illegal wildlife trade after tiger cub bodies found in Thailand

03 June 2016 – Following the discovery earlier this week of 70 dead tiger cubs, as well as tiger skins, talismans and other wildlife parts, in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, two United Nations agencies have said those circumstances represent only a “tiny proportion” of the extent of an illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction.


UN official acclaims 2016 Crime Commission session for role in sustainable development

27 May 2016 – As the week-long annual session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) came to a close in Vienna today, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) highlighted that bonds had been strengthened between efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice and work undertaken to promote sustainable development.


UN launches unprecedented #WildforLife campaign to end illegal trade in wildlife

25 May 2016 – The United Nations today launched the #WildforLife campaign against illegal trade in wildlife, warning that such trade is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.


At Crime Commission, UN official urges stepped-up responses to curb human trafficking

25 May 2016 – Despite all of the positive effects of migration, the unprecedented flow of people is generating new criminal opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at a high-level event on the recently launched UN-European Union initiative aimed at curbing human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


With many plant and animal species ‘hanging on by a thread,’ UN urges action to tackle wildlife crime

24 May 2016 – The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species across the globe present real environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, urging shared responsibility among the international community in tackling wildlife and forest crime.


In Vienna, UN Crime Commission opens with call to advance justice, rule of law

23 May 2016 – The main United Nations anti-crime forum opened in Vienna today with calls to strengthen justice and the rule of law and help build resilient institutions in support of the global development goals, which recognize the connections between poverty, security, crime and corruption.