United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in addressing the issues of drugs, crime and terrorism. Working in cooperation with our partners and through our network of field offices, UNODC helps Member States facing urgent problems including smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, wildlife crime, maritime crime, cybercrime and trafficking in illicit drugs, firearms and cultural property. Further, UNODC seeks to combat corruption, reinforce efforts to prevent and counter terrorism, and enhance alternative development and access to controlled substances for medical purposes, promote evidence-based approaches to drug use prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as HIV and AIDS. The Office has a strong collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to reinforce the need to put public health at the core of all responses to the world drug problem. 

The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:

  1. Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism
  2. Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions
  3. Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies.

The UN SDG Action Awards

The United Nations Development Programme is accepting nominations for the Sustainable Development Goal Action Awards . The SDG Action Awards recognise outstanding achievements and innovation efforts to promote action on sustainable development goals , which are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. One of the key targets within the Good Health and Wellbeing goal is to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and

World Drug Day and World Drug Report Launch 2018

The 2018 theme of the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime was "Listen First" which you can read more about on their website here . The website is available in multiple language formats. A series of fact sheets for policy makers with individual sheets targeting parents, teachers and prevention workers are available. The 26th June also saw the release of the World Drug Report 2018 . The report is split into 5 different booklets,

5th ISSUP Workshop, Vienna 2019

Vienna, Austria,

Please mark your calendar for the 5th ISSUP Workshop! The Workshop will take place in Vienna, Austria from July 1-5, 2019.

We are extremely pleased to collaborate with UNODC and to hold the event at the Vienna International Centre. 

Watch this space for more info!

2017 review INCB

Mexico, Mexico,

International Narcotics Control Board report 2017

Fentanyl and its Analogues - 50 years on

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Fentanyl and its analogues are potent synthetic opioids, which are liable to abuse. They are often sold under the guise of heroin or prescription medicines, such as oxycodone, and this exacerbates the risk of overdose and associated fatalities. An increasing number of deaths have been associated with the use of fentanyl and its analogues, particularly in North America.

Guidelines on Drug Prevention and Treatment for Girls and Women

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The publication Guidelines on Drug Prevention and Treatment for Girls and Women by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) discusses alcohol and drug use prevalence and trends among girls and women globally.

The document details key research on factors of vulnerability and resilience that are specific to girls and women.