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8 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


Kosovo still faces ‘hard-nosed realities,’ but is vital for European security – UN envoy

16 May 2016 – Unemployment, inequality, and the challenges of developing a productive economy to meet global development goals and overcome legacies of impunity, are among the “hard-nosed realities” facing Kosovo, the head of the United Nations political mission there said today, calling for international involvement to help Kosovo’s institutions, and the wider region as a whole, overcome such obstacles.


Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to the birds chirping,” to appreciate how important they are to our planet.


'Small islands have big ideas,' Ban tells Seychelles, citing leadership on environment, climate action

07 May 2016 – The problems facing our planet – climate change, poverty and insecurity – will only be solved through a global, multilateral response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he began an official visit to the Seychelles, a small island nation with “big ideas,” having shown leadership on climate action, environmental protection and the fight against maritime crime.


As UN concludes session on world drug problem, States reaffirm need to tackle the complex issue

21 April 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly this afternoon was set to conclude a special session on the world drug problem in which Member States reaffirmed their commitment to tackling the pervasive challenges presented by drugs around the globe and promoting a society free of drug abuse for the well-being of all humanity.


World drug problem: UN adopts new framework for policies to ‘put people first’

19 April 2016 – The United Nations today adopted a new framework putting people at the centre of global policies on drug control, which the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says can help promote the “urgent, united and concerted action we need.”


Colombia: UN office expands alternative development strategy to eliminate illicit crops

18 April 2016 – As part of an initiative providing assistance to family farms that depended on illicit crops for income, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced that hundreds of personnel and visitors can now purchase alternative development products on the premises of its central office in Bogota, Colombia.


UN report urges rights-based approach to reduce HIV infections among drug users

15 April 2016 – Ahead of next week’s General Assembly special session on drugs, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response has released a new report, which warns that many countries are failing to reduce new HIV infections due to the absence of health- and rights-based approaches, particularly as regards drug use.