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UNODC World Drug Report 2015

World Drug Report 2015 coverDrug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID). An estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are Continue reading

Wildlife trafficking is organized crime on a ‘massive scale’, warns UNODC head

The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying earth's biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is actively involved in working with Governments, scientists, private organizations and other concerned groups to preserve and protect our endangered species.  Mother and baby rhinoceros in Tigertops Wildlife Sanctuary, Nepal. 01 April 1987 Nepal Photo # 84643Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on states to strengthen global efforts to combat poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. Speaking on the margins of the UN General Assembly at an event organized by the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Mr. Fedotov Continue reading

UNODC Chief stresses need to promote rule of law, combat drugs, crime in post-2015 development agenda

UNODC Chief, at ECOSOC panel, stresses need to promote rule of law, combat drugs, crime in post-2015 development agendaUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, addressing a panel discussion of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, underscored the links between combating drugs and crime and achieving sustainable development. The discussion, which was held on 22 July 2013 as part of ECOSOC’s substantive session this month, focused on “the Vienna-based Commissions and the importance of drug control, Continue reading

Illicit substance use remains high in the Oceania region

UNODC New psychoactive substances mapThe prevalence of the use of most illicit substances remains quite high in the Oceania region, while quantitative data for the Pacific island States remains limited. High prevalence rates are reported for the use of cannabis (10.9 per cent), opioids (3.0 per cent), “ecstasy” (2.9 per cent), ATS (2.1 per cent) and cocaine (1.5 per cent). Continue reading