United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crimes. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

UNODC 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 translational 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.

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. 

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. The international community confronts a host of menaces, including illicit drugs, threats to security and health and new and emerging crimes. As Governments and other development partners increasingly look to UNODC for specialized assistance and expertise, the Office has expanded it scope and volume of work to provide comprehensive and coherent responses to these challenges. UNODC has released a new Menu of Services published in October 2010, which provides a detailed overview of how clients can access targeted assistance or the range of publications and online tools available.

UNODC Presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The UNODC Programme Office in BiH was re-established in March 2014. Currently, Office contributes to implementation of the Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe (2012-2015) undertaking a range of activities to assist participatory countries in countering illicit drug trafficking, as well as confronting transnational organized crime, corruption, money laundering and drug abuse.

Furtermore, Programme Office implements the Container Control Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (CCP), a joint programme of the UNODC and World Customs Organization (WCO) designed to assist beneficiary law enforcement agencies in establishing sustainable enforcement structures in selected sea and dry ports to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers for illicit drugs trafficking and other transnational organized crime activities.