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United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established in 1997 as a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. In working on these issues, UNODC is the guardian of most of the related conventions, namely:

  • The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols (against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms)
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • The international drug control conventions

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; and
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies.

South Africa hosts a UNODC regional office for Southern Africa that has developed a Strategic Programme Framework for the region, structured around six key objectives:

  • Strengthening legislative and judicial capacity of Southern African countries for the ratification and implementation of international conventions and instruments on drug control, organized crime, corruption, terrorism and money laundering;
  • Assisting Southern African countries in reducing illicit drug trafficking and in the control of precursor chemicals;
  • Enhancing the capacity of Government institutions and civil society organizations in the Southern African region to prevent drug use and related HIV infections amongst the youth and other vulnerable populations, particularly within prison settings;
  • Enhancing the capacity of Government institutions and civil society organizations in the Southern African region to counter trafficking in persons, the smuggling of migrants, and trafficking in organs;
  • Creating awareness about, and reducing domestic violence in Southern Africa in co-operation with civil society and Governments; and
  • Promoting Victim Empowerment by improving coordination, building capacity and strengthening relations between government and civil society in order to improve services to victims, especially women and children.

Currently, the following projects are underway in South Africa:

  • In support of the strategic objectives the UNODC in SA has developed a portfolio of technical co-operation projects and mobilised funding from the international donor community
  • Implementation of South African Drug Master Plan
  • Implementation of Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008
  • Implementation of Initiative to strengthen judicial integrity
  • Support for South Africa’s Victim Empowerment Programme
  • Establishment of a One Stop Centre to counteract violence against women and children
  • Assistance in the formulation and implementation of the SADC Declaration Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons

Development of effective law enforcement responses to violence against women the Southern Africa region.

Website: www.unodc.org

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