United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. It  is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.  In pursuing its objectives, UNODC makes every effort to integrate and mainstream the gender perspective, particularly in its projects for the provision of alternative livelihoods, as well as those against human trafficking.UNODC’s field presence and partnership in South Eastern Europe (SEE) dates back from the early 1990s. UNODC has worked with its partners to combat illegal trade on the so-called Balkan route, and can point to a number of concrete developments and achievements made in the implementation of the programmes. The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, provide an additional excellent foundation for the UNODC Regional Programme (2016-2019), as they require a holistic approach targeted to address the root causes of challenges to security, rule of law and health. Goal 16 – related to justice, corruption and illicit financial flows – is of particular importance to UNODC as it ensures that these topics are included in the new global agenda.  

Focus area

Sub-programme 1:   Countering Illicit Drug Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime
Sub-programme 2:   Strengthening Criminal Justice, Integrity and Legal Cooperation  
Sub-programme 3:    Enhancing substance use prevention, drug use disorders treatment, and reintegration and care

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Year of establishment: 
1997