29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders.

In 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of […]

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UODC) said in his remarks at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants: “We need to protect refugees and migrants from violence, abuse and exploitation, and strengthen action against human trafficking and migrant smuggling as part of comprehensive, human-rights based responses to the crises we […]

Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer to Entry into Force in 2016

21 September – The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced […]

EU-Arab Doctors Hold 32end Congress in Vienna

إتحاد الأطباء العرب يعقد مؤتمره 32 في مدينة فيينا تحت رعاية عمدتها دكتور ميخائيل هويبل

The Arab Doctors Union in Europe (ARABMED) headed by Dr. Faidi Omar Mahmoud will hold its 32nd Scientific-medical Congress on Sep. 17th 2016 in Modul Hotel under the auspices the mayor of Vienna Dr. Michael Häupl.

The meeting will be attended by […]

Russian Presence in Syria puts NATO in Movement

Last week, Nato’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg launched the idea of reworking the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures, a politically binding commitment to openness and transparency in military matters within an agreed zone of application across the wider Europe—including the entire post-Soviet space.

This appears timely when the role of the military in European […]

UNODC Chief underlines rule of law’s role in shielding development at meeting with Italian President

ROME – 28 October – “Last month’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals acknowledged that the rule of law is essential for protecting the international development agenda,” said the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov today in a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

“Transnational organized crime is a […]

Zarif Returns to Iran and Araqchi Replaces him at Vienna Talks

Update: June 30 2015 – Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned from consultations in Tehran to Vienna and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Vienna today June 29 to meet Kerry and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Lavrov did not speak to reporters on his arrival negotiations Hotel.

Iran has complied with a key condition […]

Kazakh Dictator's ex-son-in-law Found Dead in Austrian Jail Cell

Mystery surrounds what happened in Vienna’s Josefstadt prison where the body of Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakh Dictator’s ex-son-in-law, former intelligence chief who was married to the daughter of Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev was found in the prison cell last Tuesday.

According to the spokeswoman of the court, Aliyev found dead in the Austrian jail after killing himself on […]

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