The mission of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is to contribute to global peace and security, human rights and development by making the world safer from drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism by working for and with Member States to promote justice and the rule of law and build resilient societies.
As the world changes and as new challenges and opportunities arise, the present strategy aims to position UNODC to exploit its unique advantages to help achieve this mission. The important and complementary mandates of UNODC distinguish the Office from others in the same field: serving as the guardian of international conventions and the secretariat to global policy bodies; providing strong research and policy analysis; and combining global expertise and a wide field presence to provide specialized assistance to Member States. Strengthened coordination and integration across UNODC will ensure that the normative, research and technical assistance work are mutually reinforcing and able to draw on each other – working to rapidly identify new trends and threats, to develop the responses that are needed to counter them and to share this knowledge and put it into practice to support States.
The mandates of UNODC include the areas related to transnational organized crime, criminal justice, countering corruption, drug control and terrorism. This allows the Office to provide comprehensive solutions to the interrelated challenges Member States face. Strong institutions that have integrity and accountability will provide effective responses and access to justice. Moreover, effective institutions are also key to promoting a balanced response to drugs. The Office helps ensure that efforts to address crime, corruption, terrorism and drugs are coordinated across national boundaries, facilitating our shared responsibility in addressing these challenges.