15 May 2022
United Nations unaware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine, top disarmament official affirms, as Security Council considers new claims by Russian Federation
The United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine, a senior disarmament affairs official told the Security Council today, as it met to consider new information submitted by the Russian Federation alleging the existence of such weapons.
New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million).
Secretary-General António Guterres: On this World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, we focus on digital technologies for older people and healthy ageing.
From building smarter cities to combatting age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensuring financial inclusion, safeguarding independence, and supporting millions of caregivers across the world – information technology has vast potential to improve the lives of older people and their families and communities.
Europe’s changing role in expanding cocaine and methamphetamine markets
Europe’s role in international drug production and trade is changing, according to new analyses released today
by Europol and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). In an in-depth look at the cocaine and methamphetamine markets, the agencies point to increased production activities in Europe and how collaboration between criminal groups worldwide is creating new security threats and expanding the market.
Crypto investment scams – how do they work?
An international operation involving law enforcement authorities from Poland and the Netherlands has resulted in the takedown of a gang of gunrunners accused of smuggling an arsenal of weapons into Poland using parcel delivery companies.
With the support of Europol’s Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC), the Spanish Civil Guarda (Guardia Civil), together with the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Police Headquarters Heilbronn (Polizeipräsidium Heilbronn), have broken up a money laundering ring which was operating a parallel banking system for criminals.