UN drug control agency postal union join forces to fight drug trafficking

Supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), the project will focus on money laundering operations and the illegal dispatch of drugs through mail networks, particularly in Africa, according to a joint statement issued in Bern and Vienna.The project, for which $300,000 has been earmarked, will assist 18 countries in East, West, and North Africa to strengthen their postal control, inspection systems and cooperation with law enforcement bodies. It will stretch over two years during which postal, police and customs officers and managers will undergo training programmes developed jointly by experts from the four organizations.UNDCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi said organized criminal groups were increasingly using Africa as a clearinghouse for drugs in transit to all parts of the world and that the postal system was especially vulnerable because it offered anonymity and easy access. The new project, he said, will give national postal services training and access to expertise that will enable them to combat these crimes.The UPU is a UN specialized agency that oversees the worldwide postal service. UNDCP works to educate the world about the dangers of drug abuse and to strengthen international action against drug production, trafficking and related crimes through alternative development and anti-money laundering programmes. read more

Duchess of Sussex says were ready and excited to join the club

Much of the attention was on the Duchess after the couple revealed on Monday that they are expecting their first baby.  The Duchess of Sussex has said that she and her husband are “ready” and “excited to  join the club” after announcing they are becoming parents. Sporting a cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, the duchess… The Duke spoke of his joy at being able to announce news of the new royal baby in Australia, saying he could not think of a better place to tell the world. After a wet and windy start to the Sussex’s time Down Under, the sun was shining for the couple as they enjoyed the sights of Sydney on the first official day of their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.