UNODC partnering with UN Volunteers


Since 1999, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been partnering with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to research, counteract and provide resources to combat illicit drugs, crime, and trafficking. Some 72 UN Volunteers have served with UNODC in 26 countries over the past ten years, supporting UNODC’s mission to "contribute to the achievement of security and justice for all by making the world safer from crime, drugs and terrorism".

Clay Nayton (Canada, right) is a UN Volunteer Community-based Drug Treatment Programme Officer with UNODC in rural Cambodia. Clay helps develop tailored strategies to prevent drug use and treat drug dependence. Here, he is talking to peer educators and people affected by drug use in Stung Treng, Lao PDR. (UNODC Cambodia, 2013)

UN Volunteers are experienced personnel available to support UNODC in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. They have supported the mandate of the UNODC through a number of projects that include providing research analyses to counter drug trafficking in Afghanistan and Pakistan, supporting people vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection in prisons in Ethiopia and Vietnam, monitoring and documenting human trafficking cases worldwide to raise awareness for the signs of human trafficking, and, most recently, converting poppy cultivation to coffee harvesting in Lao PDR.

UNV provides UNODC with highly qualified cadres of motivated professionals as UN Volunteers. These individuals provide sound technical knowledge and promote the values of volunteerism. UN Volunteers can support research and data collection, drug demand reduction, alternative development and sustainable livelihoods to illicit crops, as well as advocacy for protection from and the prevention of human trafficking. --Cesar Guedes, UNODC Representative, Pakistan

UN Volunteers have served with UNODC as Programme Facilitators, Legal Experts, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists and Research Facilitators. They have been engaged in collecting data, conducting field research and analysing trends, as well as making policy recommendations. They contribute in the areas of organized crime and illicit human trafficking, corruption, crime prevention and criminal justice reform, drug abuse prevention and health, and terrorism prevention, supporting research, trend analyses and policy development.

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