United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Committee


Topic A

Mitigation of Urban
Youth Gang Violence

Millions of youth are involved in urban gangs worldwide, where they are exposed to and perpetuate extremely high rates of violence. In the year 2000 alone, nearly 200,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 29 were killed in homicides. Due to the effects of rapid urbanization, disparate economic development, and political instability in the past century, youth gang membership has become increasingly prevalent and dangerous.

Urban youth gangs are often associated with a plethora of other drug-related crimes and adult criminal organizations. Though occurrences of gang violence have historically fluctuated, there is undoubtedly an downward spiral in most urban areas

Topic B

Regulation of Migrant

Migrant smuggling involves the “procurement of illegal entry of a person into a State Party of which the person is not a national or a permanent resident” for obtaining “financial or other material benefit,” as defined by the United Nations Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.

Migrant smuggling is distinct from human trafficking in that while both involve the illegal transport of humans, migrant smuggling involves the consent of the smuggled party and is by definition international in scope

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Dais team

Andrew Wang


Nick Young


Bridget Young




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.