The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNODC and the Federal Police in Brazil developed a training programme for police forces in countering organized crime. UNODC photo.

UNODC seeks to achieve security and justice for all by helping States and their peoples to protect them against the threats posed by drugs, crime and terrorism.

The UNODC’s work is guided by mandates and driven by the needs of Member States as defined in the UNODC Strategy for the period 2008-2011. UNODC work is also guided by a broad range of international legally binding instruments, such as the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the UN Convention against Corruption, and a set of UN standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice.

Fostering respect for and adherence to the rule of law is at the centre of the international community’s efforts to address crime, drugs and terrorism. Governance and anti-corruption, strengthening justice systems and improving safety and security are key aspects of UNODC’s work in promoting the rule of law world-wide.

UNODC covers about 150 countries through its Field office network (i.e. regional, country and programme offices). Besides operating at the national level, the Office is developing a new generation of regional programmes (i.e. East Asia and Pacific, Eastern Africa, West Africa, North Africa/Middle East, Central America/Caribbean, and the Balkans) to promote the rule of law and human security. Key objectives are to ensure full ownership by Member States, alignment with regional and national policies and priorities, close engagement with the UN system as a whole, and coordination with other donors/development agencies.