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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) brings together several previously separate UN programmes under one roof, including the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) and the global programmes against money laundering, corruption, organised crime and trafficking in human beings.

The Terrorism Prevention Branch within the UNODC, which works closely with the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), is currently being expanded.

The main fields of work of UNODC are:

  • Analysis and research work on issues relating to drugs and crime and to fundamental police work

  • Supervision and monitoring of the ratification and implementation of relevant international agreements

  • Technical Cooperation with states (capacity development) in the fight against drugs, corruption, crime and terrorism

UNODC is based in Vienna. It is involved in projects and programmes in more than 150 countries and operates numerous field offices worldwide, for instance in Afghanistan, Iran and Laos, as well as liaison offices in New York and Brussels.

Voluntary contributions of member states

About 14 per cent of the UNODC budget comes from the regular UN budget. The remainder must be financed from voluntary contributions made by member states. A distinction is made between two sorts of contributions: firstly the untied contributions made to the General Purpose Fund which is used primarily to pay infrastructure and salary costs, and secondly tied voluntary contributions which are provided by member states to allow the organisation to implement specific projects (Special Purpose Fund).

In 2008 the biggest donors to the Special Purpose Fund were Columbia, which contributed 63.8 million US dollars, and the European Commission, which contributed 26.6 million US dollars. In 2008 UNODC received payments totalling nearly 278 million US dollars.

Cooperation on drugs control

Germany works very closely with UNODC in the field of drugs control. Today, UNODC is one of the most important partners in the field of the strategy which owes its existence in no small way to Germany, of developing alternatives to narcotics cultivation. This comprehensive and multisectoral approach also embraces support for rural development and good governance.

Germany uses funds from the Federal Ministry of Health to support UNODC. These funds are not tied. Other funds come regularly from the BMZ's budget for development-oriented drugs control and good governance. Since 1990 the BMZ has promoted various projects and programmes of UNODC and its predecessors. In 2008 Germany contributed a total of just under eight million US dollars to support the work of UNODC. The most recent project which the BMZ was involved in developing supports food security and guarantees alternative sources of income for (former) opium farmers in Laos and Myanmar with funding totalling round 1.6 million euros for the period to 2011.

Playing an active part in shaping policies

Since 2003 the BMZ has for the first time been supporting two long-term UNODC projects to tackle crime. They are promoting the practical implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the supplementary protocols, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition. These projects aim to improve the integrity and performance of the judiciary in South Africa and Indonesia.

In addition to this, from 2000 to 2003 Germany played an active part in getting the United Nations Convention against Corruption off the ground and in wording the document. This Convention, which came into force in December 2005, commits all signatory states to take active steps to combat corruption. Since 2004 the BMZ has helped both to continue effectively shaping the Convention and has assisted several partner countries in realising the UN Convention through a GIZ-implemented project worth a total of 3.5 million euros. In the period 2008-2009 Germany also supported UNODC in implementing a project to both boost capacities within the judicial apparatus in Indonesia and to increase its integrity - financially (through BMZ trustee funds totalling 1,050,000 euros) and in part also on a conceptual level.

Along with 53 other states, Germany is also a member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). This is the central policy-making body of UNODC. The Federal Republic of Germany plays an active part in shaping the policy of the Office.

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Vienna International Centre
Wagramer Strasse 5
1400 Vienna
Phone: +43 / 1 / 2 60 60
Fax: +43 / 1 / 2 63 33 89

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