United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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 transnational 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:
- 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 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; and
- Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.
UNODC in Serbia
UNODC officially opened its National Project Office in Belgrade on 26 June 2007, on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. UNODC in Serbia is currently active in two specific projects: The first is a regional project focused on HIV prevention and treatment services in South East Europe. The second project provides assistance in the development of criminal intelligence systems specifically in Montenegro and Serbia. UNODC will engage in two additional regional projects in the coming months: one will enhance the capability of law enforcement officials in the Western Balkans in the fight against human trafficking targeted towards Western Europe while the other one will build capacity in the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean Region, based on a drug law enforcement exchange programme between countries in the region and EU Member States.
More about the UNODC work in Serbia at: http://www.unodc.org/southeasterneurope/