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 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Efforts to Strengthen a Culture of Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Citation
Hanna, H., Wadih, M. & Giovanna, C. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Efforts to Strengthen a Culture of Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Prev Sci (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01088-5
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Abstract

This article discusses how decision-makers can be supported to strengthen a culture of prevention. This article presents an example of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) work to engage with decision-makers to create readiness, demand, and capacity for evidence-based prevention programming among them, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

UNODC and WHO Organize International Training on Substance Use Treatment and Care during Pregnancy

Kyiv (Ukraine), 18 December 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the framework of the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care, organized an International training on Identification and Management of Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy. More than 30 health practitioners, including obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatal care specialists, nurses, as well as specialists in substance use disorders treatment from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna, Austria,

The Sixty-third United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs session will take place in Vienna, Austria, 2-6 March 2020.

The event involves the policy making body of the United Nations with the prime responsibility in drug related matters.

UNODC Training on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders for Intersectoral Group of Panama Policymakers

Thirty-four (34) high-level decision makers from CONAPRED, the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, NGOs and other entities are participating in a three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services, being held from 10 to 12 December 2019 in Panama City, Panama. The event was inaugurated by Abraham Herrera, Executive Secretary of CONAPRED and Melissa Flynn, Director of Operations of UNODC ROPAN and was

UNODC-WHO Training in Argentina on the Management of Substance Use & Substance Use Disorders during Pregnancy

A total of 35 participants took part in this training that was organized by WHO and UNODC together with PAHO, SEDRONAR, Hospital der Mar, and the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on 11-13 November 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This training aimed at providing technical guidance for health care providers managing women from conception to birth and during the postnatal period, and their infants

Viet Nam - UNODC Discussing Cooperation in Drug Prevention and Treatment

Currently, relevant ministries and agencies in Vietnam are studying, supplementing and amending the Law on Drug Prevention and Control to meet the current situation and practical requirements, including the section on drug prevention and treatment. The support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the development of this component is essential and a very timely workshop for policy makers on the nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders was held

Treatment for Psychostimulants and for Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Medical Disorders Are Discussed by Experts from the Central Asian States

On 4-8 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 24 specialists from the drug treatment centres, narcology clinics and institutions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Regional Training on introduction of the protocols on treatment for psychostimulants and for co-morbid psychiatric and medical disorders organized by UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet” in collaboration with Sub-programme 3 “Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and HIV prevention” of the UNODC

Vietnamese Policymakers Attend UNODC Training on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than thirty (30) Vietnamese high-level decision makers from the Department of Social Vice Prevention, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the Office of the Government (OOG), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Social Affairs Department, National Assembly (NA), the Department of Administrative Sanctions Management, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Women's Union, academia and civil society are participating in this three-day workshop, being held 4 – 6 November 2019 in

UNODC TREATNET Training for Treatment and Care Providers in Senegal

The UNODC’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), the Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) and UNAIDS jointly organized a TREATNET training on drug use disorder treatment and care from July 30th to August 2nd 2019 in Saly-Mbour, Senegal. Participants included the Ministry of Health, along with twenty-five health and social work professionals, national defence and security forces’ representatives from the different regions of Senegal. TREATNET is a UNODC capacity building strategy, aiming