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Issue 115 | December 31, 2018

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news.
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In Nairobi, youth are talking about corruption, crime prevention and good governance

Preparing today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders rests in large part on giving them solid educational pillars and developing essential life skills. To keep the dialogue open with this most important of resources, its young people, UNODC recently organized the National Youth Workshop on Promoting Good Governance and Integrity in Kenya. [Read More]

 

 

Coca cultivation area in Peru increased by 14 per cent during 2017 Coca cultivation area in Peru increased by 14 per cent during 2017

The coca cultivation area in Peru increased by 14 per cent, or by 6,000 hectares between 2016 and 2017, reaching a total of 49,900 hectares according to the Coca Survey Peru 2017 released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA). [Read More]

 

 

UNODC trains local authorities to fight trafficking of humans, weapons, drugs and other illicit goods off the coast of Yemen UNODC trains local authorities to fight trafficking of humans, weapons, drugs and other illicit goods off the coast of Yemen

The Gulf of Aden is one of the world's most important shipping lanes, 450 miles long, connecting the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and Suez Channel. 25,000 ships travel through the region every year, carrying 11% of the world's oil and billions of dollars' worth of goods. At the same time the Gulf of Aden, in particularly the Bab el Mandeb strait, runs along one of the most dangerous coastlines in the world: Yemen. [Read More]

 

UNODC supports regional anti-narcotics cooperation to curb trafficking of Afghan opiates UNODC supports regional anti-narcotics cooperation to curb trafficking of Afghan opiates

The global trade in illicit Afghan opiates has become one of the world's greatest transnational drug and crime threats. Since more than 70 per cent of Afghan opiates are trafficked via Iran and Pakistan, close cooperation between the anti-narcotics forces of these three countries is critical to addressing this threat. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports such cooperation through the Triangular Initiative. [Read More]

 

Finland and Germany support UNODC programme that helps Myanmar farmers shift from opium production to coffee cultivation. Photo: UNODC Myanmar/Jaime Perez. Finland and Germany support UNODC programme that helps Myanmar farmers shift from opium production to coffee cultivation

Finland, Germany and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Myanmar Country Programme have signed agreements for a total of 6.1 million euro to extend the alternative development programme which provides farmers in drug-crop growing areas with viable alternatives to producing illicit crops. The programme runs in Southern Shan State Myanmar. [Read More]

 

UNODC promotes innovative ways to fight corruption involving vast quantities of assets UNODC promotes innovative ways to fight corruption involving vast quantities of assets

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) gathered over 80 experts from almost 40 countries specialized in investigating and prosecuting corruption involving vast quantities of assets at a global Expert Group Meeting in Lima, Peru, from 3 to 5 December 2018. Participants identified best practices, shared lessons learned and discussed the impact these cases have on peace and security, human rights and the environment. [Read More]

 

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov meets with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha ASEAN region a crucial partner in global efforts to counter crime, terrorism challenges, says UNODC Executive Director

Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), concluding his visit to Southeast Asia today, highlighted the importance of tackling threats posed by drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism to promote security and prosperity in the ASEAN region. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC promotes alternatives to imprisonment for people with drug use disorders through health and justice cooperation in Kenya UNODC promotes alternatives to imprisonment for people with drug use disorders through health and justice cooperation in Kenya

More than 30 million people worldwide are suffering from drug use disorders and only one in six have access to treatment, according to UNODC estimates. Many of them are in prison or in other ways in contact with the criminal justice system at some point in their life. The global prison population has almost reached 11 million people and has grown by 24 per cent since the year 2000. [Read More]

 

UK announces new financial contributions to support UNODC's anti-corruption work UK announces new financial contributions to support UNODC's anti-corruption work

The United Kingdom and UNODC have signed two new funding agreements with a joint worth of GBP 9.1 million (almost US$ 12 million) to strengthen UNODC's anti-corruption activities.
A GBP 7.6 million grant will support the fast-tracking of implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, while a GBP 1.5 million grant will fund investigations linked to wildlife and forestry crime to identify corruption. [Read More]

 

Anti-corruption action essential to building peace, protecting human rights, ensuring sustainable development

Anti-corruption action essential to building peace, protecting human rights, ensuring sustainable development

Corruption harms societies in multiple ways. It undermines democracy and rule of law, erodes quality of life, slows economic development, and enables organized crime and terrorism. Around US$ 2.6 trillion are lost annually to corruption, money that is urgently needed for healthcare, education, clean water, infrastructure, and other essential services. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC-supported International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport holds major summit in London UNODC-supported International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport holds major summit in London

More than 100 Ministers, international sports organisations and experts from around the world met in London on 6 December to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport.

Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) summit discussed how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding major sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent. [Read More]

 

West African States and Italy sign Partnership Declaration to foster international cooperation in criminal matters West African States and Italy sign Partnership Declaration to foster international cooperation in criminal matters

The continuous influx of migrants crossing the Sahel and the Mediterranean Sea, making their way from West Africa to Europe is an issue that both West African and European governments are working to address. Among other things, the transnationality of the criminal networks involved in trafficking and smuggling of migrants makes it complex to build and adjudicate cases. [Read More]

 

 

UNODC and Asian Football Confederation join hands in fighting sports-related crime UNODC and Asian Football Confederation join hands in fighting sports-related crime

Sport can support the well-being of individuals and the sustainable and peaceful development of societies. Illegal activities to exploit sport for illicit gain, however, such as match-fixing, competition-manipulation and illegal betting, have increased in past years and can jeopardize its benefits. [Read More]

 

 

Actions to tackle global opioid crisis outlined by governments and experts in Vienna Actions to tackle global opioid crisis outlined by governments and experts in Vienna

Around 35 million people globally misuse opioids, including heroin according to the 2017 UNODC World Drug Report. Furthermore, opioids account for about 70 per cent of disease and deaths associated with drug use.To identify how to address these and related challenges, UNODC, INCB and WHO jointly organized an Intergovernmental expert group meeting on the international challenge posed by the non-medical use of synthetic opioids, in Vienna. [Read More]

 

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