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Issue 90 | November 01, 2016

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here.

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New Public Service Announcement calls for people to protect our common heritage. Image: UNODC New Public Service Announcement calls for people to protect our common heritage

Trafficking in cultural property is destroying our common heritage and fueling organized criminal activities. This month, at the margins of the 8th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Convention (CTOC), UNODC launched a powerful new PSA to raise awareness  on the threats and consequences of trafficking in cultural property. [Read More]

 

Afghan Opium Production Up 43 Percent: Survey. Image: UNODC Afghan Opium Production Up 43 Per cent: Survey

Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43 percent to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest  Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released in recent days by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10 percent compared with 183,000 ha in 2015. [Read More]

 

Global treaties provide blueprint to 'seal cracks' in legal regime on human trafficking. Photo: UN Global treaties provide blueprint to 'seal cracks' in legal regime on human trafficking

Tackling human trafficking is not a simple or trivial pursuit, said UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, at the event 'Countering Human Trafficking by Achieving Universal Ratification of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children', urging States to implement all provisions of the 'Palermo protocol'. [Read More]

 

As crime conference ends, UNODC receives boost to vital work of protecting sustainable development. Photo: UNODC As crime conference ends, UNODC receives boost to vital work of protecting sustainable development

The 8th Session of the CoP that took place in recent weeks reinforced a growing acknowledgement that transnational organized crime undermines sustainable development and causes havoc in vulnerable and fragile societies. In his remarks, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, stated that work against transnational organized crime had received a considerable boost in recent years. [Read More]

 

UNODC launches CRIMJUST project to address organized crime and drug trafficking across regions. Image: UNODC UNODC launches CRIMJUST project to address organized crime and drug trafficking across regions

CRIMJUST has been presented to address TOC and drug trafficking. As more robust anti-drug strategies have restricted traditional cocaine routes, Latin American drug syndicates have strategically shifted towards new ones. Drug trafficking and TOC networks have expanded to West Africa, which has become a transit area of cocaine trafficking from Latin America and the Caribbean to Europe. [Read More]

 

UNODC calls on every nation to join global fight against human trafficking. Photo: UNODC UNODC calls on every nation to join global fight against human trafficking

In recent weeks, at a special event on human trafficking, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, called on countries to join the fight against traffickers and migrant smugglers and to fully implement the UNTOC. "I urge every country to do so within the shortest possible timeframe, and by doing so, join the world in the fight against the traffickers and smugglers," he said. [Read More]

 

UNODC & UNGC in Colombia initiative takes collective action against corruption. Image: UN UNODC & UN Global Compact initiative in Colombia takes collective action against corruption

UNODC and the business-led Global Compact Local Network in Colombia are bringing together companies, key government offices and large business federations to stamp out corruption. The main goals of the programme include reduction of opportunities for corruption and strengthening of the government's anti-corruption frameworks and legislations. [Read More]

 

UNODC presents campaign to fight migrant smuggling to the AIAMP. Photo: UNODC UNODC presents campaign to fight migrant smuggling to the AIAMP

#ADeadlyBusiness, a UNODC campaign to combat migrant smuggling, was presented in Lisbon to the AIAMP. Antonio Mazzitelli, UNODC Representative for Mexico, indicated that even though media attention is currently focused on the migration emergency at the Mediterranean Sea, the Ibero-American region has suffered, especially in the last decade, the negative effects of migrant smuggling. [Read More]

 

Panama: Fashion as a channel to promote social reintegration and prison reform. Photo: UNODC Panama: Fashion as a channel to promote social reintegration and prison reform

The Government of Panama and UNODC launched IntegrArte, a commercial brand with a view to promote a sustainable reintegration of people deprived of liberty through the production of hand-made products. The brand was launched by the Vice-President, Isabel Saint-Malo, the Minister of Government, Milton Henríquez, and the UNODC Deputy Executive Director, Aldo Lale-Demoz. [Read More]

 

Trinidad and Tobago: UNODC and Crime Stoppers International sign joint MoU. Photo: UNODC Trinidad and Tobago: UNODC and Crime Stoppers International sign joint MoU

In the context of the 37th Annual CSI Conference held recently in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Alexander MacDonald, President of CSI, and Gillian Murray, UNODC Deputy Director for the Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding to undertake activities aimed at reducing transnational crime and improving citizen security. [Read More]

 

UNODC assists Myanmar to develop first ever national crime prevention strategy. Photo: UNODC UNODC assists Myanmar to develop first ever national crime prevention strategy

In recent weeks, UNODC, together with senior government officials from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar - including the Minister of Home Affairs and the Chief of Police - gathered in the country's capital to begin work on developing the country's first ever comprehensive national crime prevention strategy aiming to reduce crime and violence while also contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. [Read More]

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