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.

National Trainers Trained on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) 12 and 15 in Turkmenistan

From 15-21 July 2019 team of national trainers from Turkmenistan attended the National Training of Trainers held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. There were 12 representatives of drug dependence treatment service of the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan and non-profit organizations (ICAP 1 holders) trained on the two following courses of Advanced Level UTC: Course 12: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Course 15: Managing Co-Occurring Disorders Trainer-led presentations, small-group and reflective exercises, role-plays and case study discussions helped participants to

Central Asian Master Trainers Trained on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Courses 14 and 17

From 23-31 July 2019, a team of master trainers from Central Asia attended the Regional Training of Trainers for Central Asia held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The training was organized by Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) within the framework of UNODC joint capacity building activity with Colombo Plan. There were 14 regional master trainers from five Central Asia countries trained on the two following Advanced UTC courses: Course 14: Working with Families with

Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Pakistan

From 15 - 19 July 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-8 which covers Media-based interventions. The training of trainers (ToT) of UPC in Pakistan consists of 3 selected courses from the UPC coordinator series that includes an introduction, school, and media. The participants work for national educational institutes, NGOs, media agencies, federal or provincial governments related to drug use prevention in Pakistan.All three courses

World Drug Report 2019

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The World Drug Report aims at improving the understanding of the world drug problem and contributing towards fostering greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.

National Symposium on “Experiences, Challenges and Strategies in Strengthening the Capacity of the Drug Treatment Workforce” and Training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) in Jakarta, Indonesia

The UNODC Programme Office for Indonesia in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Directorate for People Who Use Drugs organized a National Symposium and Training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Professionals in Jakarta, from 24 to 28 June 2019. One goal of the event was to provide a platform for a national discussion and sharing of information and best practices between the Ministry of Social Affairs, Directorate

Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Pakistan

From 17 - 21 June 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-5 which covers school-based interventions. The training of trainers (ToT) of UPC in Pakistan consists of 3 selected courses from the UPC coordinator series that includes an introduction, school, and media. The participants work for national educational institutes, NGOs, media agencies, federal or provincial governments related to drug use prevention in Pakistan. This project

World Drug Day

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26 June is World Drug Day, the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The theme of this year highlights that justice and health need to work hand in hand when it comes to addressing drug problems.

We are Family - Families and their Role in Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use, Crime and Violence, Including the Prevention of Recruitment into Violent Extremist Groups

The 28th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is being held from 20 - 24 May 2019. On Monday, 20 May 2019 UNODC's Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section organized a side event on We are Family: Families and their role in prevention and treatment of drugs use, crime and violence, including the prevention of recruitment into violent extremist groups, together with Government of Sweden. More than 40 delegates attended the side event that

Enhanced Knowledge of Serbian Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than twenty-five (25) Serbian high-level decision makers from Ministries of Health, Education, Social Affairs and Counternarcotics are participating in the three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services, held at the Parliamentarians Members Club in Belgrade, Serbia from 20 to 22 May 2019. The event was inaugurated by Mr Milan Pekić, Director of the Serbian Office Against Drugs and it was organized by UNODC

Priorities for UNODC Work on Drug Prevention and Treatment in Southeastern Europe

The programme of work of UNODC in any region of the world is developed in a consultative process together with the concerned Member States. That is why UNODC organised a Regional Consultative Meeting on the Development of the Sub-Programme 3 “Drug use prevention and treatment of substance use disorders” held on 16-17 May 2019 in Skopje, North Macedonia. The workshop brought together more than 30 experts and policy makers from the countries of Southeastern Europe