UNODC Afghan Opium Survey 2008 Launch
Opening Remarks: Bill Rammell, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Speaker: Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director UNODC, and Director-General UN Office, Vienna
The Afghan Opium Survey 2008 released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that opium has become less important to the Afghan economy due to a decrease in cultivation, production, and prices. Nevertheless, opium remains the basis of the Taliban war economy and is a major source of revenue for criminal groups and terrorists.
Mr Antonio Maria Costa was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Office UNODC in May 2002. An economist by training, Mr Costa served as Secretary-General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development before joining UNODC.