United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Committee

Specialized

Topic A

Mitigation of Urban
Youth Gang Violence

Backgrounder coming soon

Topic B

Regulation of Migrant
Smuggling in Europe

Backgrounder coming soon

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Dais team

Andrew Wang

Director

Nick Young

Chair

Bridget Young

Chair

About

UNODC

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was formed in 1997. It is governed by two primary policymaking bodies, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), comprised of 53 member states, and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), comprised of 40 member states. Both commissions are functional bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). As its name suggests, the UNODC deals with a wide array of issues pertaining to international crime, including drug abuse, human trafficking, criminal justice reform, terrorism, privacy, corruption, and various forms of organized crime.

Its mandate is built upon three international agreements: the declarations of the International Legal Framework on Drug Control, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), and the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). Though it lacks enforcement authority, its biannual budget of around 700 million, in tandem with the individual efforts of its constituents and the research capacity and authority of the organization itself, allows the UNODC to pursue a safer and more humane world by providing guidance through “field-based technical cooperation projects” and normative work, improving understanding and awareness of relevant topics through “research and analytical work,” and logistical or financial support to countries in need.