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.

World Drug Report 2020

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Presented in six separate booklets, the World Drug Report 2020 provides a wealth of information and analysis to support the international community in implementing operational recommendations on a number of commitments made by Member States, including the recommendations contained in the outcome document of the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem, held in 2016.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Reported Violence Against Women and Girls

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, and the introduction of restrictions and lockdowns in countries around the world, evidence suggests that there has been a dramatic increas in reports of violence against women and girls.

The aim of this report is to improve our understanding of the link between COVID-19 and the rise in violence against women and girls.

UNODC conducts gender-sensitive substance use disorder training day in Ecuador

Quito, 16 March 2021.- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Global Drug And Treatment Care Project - with the support of Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health - developed a training day on treatment for women, adolescents and girls with substance use disorders and the management of substance use disorders during pregnancy. Over three days (16, 17 and 18 March) more than 25 health professionals (psychologists, doctors and psychiatrists) working in

Civil Society and COVID-19 – responses during the pandemic

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The event will give an overview of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by civil society organisations across the globe and showcase practical examples of NGOs upholding health and other important services during a time of crisis.

It will be held on Zoom with interpretation in French, Russian and Spanish.

Social and Emotional Learning and Prevention During COVID19

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Social and Emotional Learning for prevention of drug use, violence and mental health: Needs and lessons learned in the context of COVID19 and its aftermath

Organized by the Lions Club International Foundation, and the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section 

Sports and Prevention

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Contribution of sport and sport-based interventions to substance use prevention- reviewing the evidence and promising practices

Organized by the UNODC Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration with the support of the Dominican Republic, and the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section