The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has just issued its 2010 Report, which highlights its efforts promoting health, security and justice as the most effective means to counteract the threats of drugs, crime and terrorism.
Staff members in the field and in UNODC's Vienna Headquarters contributed photos, stories and information about how UNODC is improving the everyday lives of people across the globe, with personal accounts of a trafficking survivor in Nepal, a man who was wrongly imprisoned in Southern Sudan, a cacao farmer in Colombia and recovering drug users in the Maldives and Lithuania.
The 2010 Report covers the full range of UNODC’s work around the world supporting drug treatment and alternative development; improving criminal justice; strengthening integrity; and reducing vulnerability to crime.
“There is plenty of bad news about drugs and crime,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. “This report shows that these threats can be addressed in a way that has wider benefits for society, namely improving health, security and justice for all.”
Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, during an official visit to Austria on 9 April said, “The UNODC 2010 Report showcases the extraordinary task accomplished by this small office. This is further proof of how Vienna has become a hub for human security issues, and how the UN can deliver assistance in the field to save people from the misery of drugs and crime.”
One of the report’s main themes is the threat posed by organized crime. This issue is high on the international agenda. Organized crime has been debated in the Security Council several times over the past six months, and it is the focus of the Twelfth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that just took place in Salvador, Brazil from 12 to 19 April, as well as the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN (Palermo) Convention against Transnational Organized Crime to be held in Vienna this October. According to Mr. Costa, “2010—which is the 10th anniversary of the Palermo Convention—should be the year for strengthening the international response to organized crime.”
UNODC operates 54 field offices, covering more than 150 countries.