Established in 1997 through a merger between the UN Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. The UNODC operates in all regions of the world through a network of field offices. Its aim is to assist Member States in struggles against international crime areas including organized crime and trafficking, corruption, crime prevention and criminal justice reform, drug abuse prevention and health, terrorism prevention.
The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:
- Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism
- Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions
- 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.
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