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Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls for human traffickers and migrant smugglers to be stopped as part of overall response to refugee crisis. 


UN News Centre

The United Nations department providing logistical support to field missions announced today the launch of a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse.

30 July 2016

    Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

    Internally Displaced Persons ride a bus to return from the IDP camp in Aramba to their original village in Sehjanna, near Kutum, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran
    11 July 2016

      As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.


      Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009.


      19 June 2016

        In 2015 the United Nations adopted 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Observed annually, the Day aims to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.


        20 June 2016

          On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events worldwide, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves. Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.

          Photo: Fatma Elzahraa Yassin/UN Women
          17 October 2016 to 20 October 2016

          Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

          Fistula survivor after surgery in Soroti hospita, Uganda. Photo: UNFPA/Lothar Mikulla
          23 May 2016

            Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.

            The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years – or even decades – because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.

            23 May 2016 to 24 May 2016

            We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale. In our rapidly changing world, we must continually seek better ways to meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters.