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.

Implementation of Opioid Substitution Therapy in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa,

You are invited to attend an upcoming webinar meeting aiming to discuss the role of the government agencies in the design and implementation of the HIV interventions among people who use drugs, particularly opioid substitution therapy (OST), in South Africa.

Introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment discussed in Kazakhstan

On April 15, 2022, the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia in collaboration with the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health held a “National Round Table Discussion on the application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders’ diagnostics and treatment. The event conducted in a hybrid(offline, online ZOOM) mode was attended by senior specialists from the Ministries of Health and Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the WHO Country Office

UNODC Training for Albanian Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders

UNODC organized a training for 19 Albanian policymakers on the Nature, Prevention, and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders from 12-14 April 2022 in Tirana, Albania. Participants from the Ministries of Health and Social Protection, Education, Justice and Interior took active participation during the training which was organized with the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). This UNODC training was inaugurated by Deputy Minister from the

Introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment discussed in Tajikistan

On 8 April 2022 UNODC conducted a national round table meeting on the introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The event brought together some 20 experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan (MHSPP); state agencies: Republican Clinical Drug Addiction Center under MHSPP, National Drug Addiction Monitoring and Prevention Center under MHSPP, National Center for AIDS Prevention

National Round Table Discussion on application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment in Uzbekistan

On 25 March 2022 the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia held a National Round Table Discussion on application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders’ diagnostics and treatment in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The meeting was attended by the officials of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan and specialists of the drug treatment system, as well as representatives of other stakeholders that are involved in the process of organizing the treatment

UNODC Trains Team of National Trainers from Central Asia within the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia supported a training of trainers (ToT) on Course 13 – “Contingency Management: A Reinforcement Based Treatment” and “Course 18 – “Clinical Supervision” which took place in person in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 10-18 March 2022. These courses are part of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package). The training was organized within the framework of UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug

Join us at the COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS this week!

Dear friends and colleagues, The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is starting very soon! In fact, tomorrow, Monday, 14 March 2022. Once again, all sessions, as well as the side events, are to be held online due to the pandemic. The good thing about that means that, you can still follow the plenaries and the side events! That’s why we thought that you might appreciate having all the links in one place. GENERAL LINKS TO FOLLOW

Bridging the Gap between the Pressing Need for Family Skills Programmes in Humanitarian Settings and Implementation

Citation
El-Khani, Aala, Rachel Calam, Karin Haar, and Wadih Maalouf. 2022. "Bridging the Gap between the Pressing Need for Family Skills Programmes in Humanitarian Settings and Implementation " International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 4: 2181. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042181
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Abstract

A supportive environment with nurturing caregivers is essential for the healthy development of children. For children who have been exposed to extreme stress, such as humanitarian contexts, the need for strong, healthy, nurturing caregiver relationships may assume even greater importance.