Inside the UNODC Global eLearning Programme

"making the world safer from drugs, crime and terrorism"


Col. Sanakorn, Royal Thai Police, Education Bureau, Global eLearning Platform on mobile device


The UNODC Global eLearning Programme is funded by the governments of Australia, Japan, Sweden, Norway and the United States. Its objective is to transfer knowledge worldwide for effective responses against transnational crime, drugs, and terrorism threats.

By encompassing UNODC key strategic pillars and delivering tailored curricula for national authorities, eLearning consents to improve knowledge and enhance counter capacities safely and quickly. Virtually reachable on-line by any student, in any working conditions, eLearning is the ultimate UNODC response to the increasing capacity building " on-demand".

Clear benefits of eLearning include cost-effectiveness, as well as higher impact for the user who can access its contents on-line anytime and anywhere. By increasing the number of trainees, eLearning dramatically reduces training costs and, more importantly, eLearning ensures homogeneous global outcomes with high efficiency.

The past

Since 1997, UNODC Computer Based Training (which was the predecessor of eLearning distributed on CDs and installed on computers) was appreciated by national governments and donors due to its tangible advantages and massive capacity to deliver training in more than 50 countries. The new on-line technology and phasing out of CBT required a new global training solution which would allow all end users to be brought together. As a result, in 2010 the UNODC Global eLearning Programme were created and is now a valuable asset for UNODC technical assistance.

The present

Currently, through the Global eLearning Platform UNODC is timely developing, publishing, and delivering up-to-date training courses composed of modules in different languages. Training modules covering key themes can be combined to offer customized courses addressing specific needs. Subjects range from Smuggling of Migrants to Human Trafficking, Border Control, Wildlife Crime, Forensics, Intelligence and other subjects. More importantly, eLearning corroborates Human Rights and HIV/AIDS global awareness compliance of such measures. At present, 222 training modules and 20 courses are available in English and some are also available in Thai, Spanish, French, Sinhala, Burmese, Chinese, Bahasa, Khmer, and Vietnamese and Lao.


List of the Training Courses in the eLearning Platform:

  1. Land Border Interdiction
  2. Airport Interdiction
  3. Seaport Interdiction
  4. Container Profiling Examination
  5. Risk Management 
  6. Interview and Search of Persons
  7. Investigating Drug Organised Crime
  8. Controlled Deliveries 
  9. Crime Scene Investigation 
  10. Clandestine Laboratories and Precursor Control
  11. Money Laundering and Financial Crimes
  12. Introduction and Application of Intelligence
  13. Intelligence Analysis
  14. Human Trafficking
  15. Smuggling of Migrants
  16. Human Rights
  17. Security Document Examination
  18. Wildlife and Forest Crime
  19. Cybercrime
  20. HIV/AIDS

Training modules are a unique UNODC product developed by substantive world experts. Their contents are subject to relevant reviews whose feedback is integrated to assure the implementation of best practices through UNODC Global, Regional or Country Programmes in the field. Such a framework is leading UNODC to build strategic partnerships with other eLearning platforms or learning networks for further sustaining States' capacities against organized drugs, crime and terrorism.

The Global eLearning Programme has also been designed to reach public officials operating in remote areas with limited or inexistent internet connection (borders, sea, island). To this end a special off-line Training Programme is offered (currently in Thailand, and for the countries in the Great Mekong Sub-region). The programme provides a package composed of a Mobile Training Unit (van equipped with electric generator and basic training equipment), one easy-to-use off line platform (computer server) which replicates the existing training courses, and 10 laptops to be connected to the platform.

For more information on the functionality and an updated number of courses please access the UNODC eLearning platform at

The Mobile Training Unit delivered to the Royal Thai Police, Education Bureau, in 2014

The Off-line server delivered to the Royal Thai Police, Education Bureau, in 2014

The way ahead

The eLearning platform is fully operational and delivers on-line courses. It is fully and easily customizable to suit a range of learning environments (themes) and duty stations (languages). The multimedia content produced in different languages under the new eLearning enjoys a modern format that allows courses to be shared across governmental agencies' and international partners' existing platforms.

The UNODC eLearning platform's has also been conceptualized for its full integration into the foreseeable future of functioning inter-regional and inter-agency capacity building networks. This approach is to maximize UNODC's impact globally, thinking and acting locally.

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