Islamic Republic of Iran



Technical Cooperation on Drugs and Crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Country Programme Brochure illustrates the structure and the main areas of work of the integrated country porgramme of technical cooperation on drugs and crime for the Islamic Republic of Iran 2011-2014. [Full Text-En]



South-South Cooperation

This four-page brochure illustrates the efforts of UNODC country office in the Islamic Republic of Iran in facilitating cooperation between the  Islamic Republic of Iran and other middle income as well as developing countries in the areas of drugs, crime and health. [Full Text-En]





Triangular Initiative

UNODC has contributed to foster cooperation between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the area of counter-narcotics enforcement through the  Triangular Initiative. This brochure describes the key components of the Triangular Initiative. [Full Text-En]





Brochures on HIV & Harm Reduction Services at Prisons

Two brochures entitled "HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction Services in the Prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran" were developed in 2011 by UNODC Iran under the Country Programme 2011-2014. These brochures were developed for prisoners and their families with the aim of increasing their knowledge on HIV/AIDS.


[Brochure 1 - Farsi]

[Brochure 2 - Farsi]


"HIV/AIDSand Harm Reduction Services in the Prisons" Booklet

A booklet entitled "HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction Services in the Prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran" was developed in 2011 by UNODC Iran under the Country Programme 2011-2014. This booklet was developed for the medical staff of prisons, to be used in trainings for prisoners.



Drug prevention posters

Under the framework of project IRNI55 (Nation-wide Drug Prevention Measures in the Islamic Republic of Iran) 8 drug prevention educational posters with information on physical and psychological effects of different types of drugs have been published. The information provided in the posters include the effects of Opium, Heroin and Crack Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Alcohol, Ecstasy, Cigarettes and Cannabis on human body and mind. The posters were designed for youth aged 15 to 19. Their main objective is to  increase the awareness of the target group about the long term effects of different drugs and their related health problems. The posters were distributed among 31 provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in  educational settings such as secondary and high schools as well as universities. They have been evaluated by their target group through questionnaires and focus group discussions. The results of the evaluation led UNODC to further tailoring the posters according to the needs of the target group. In order to achieve positive results the posters should be inserted in a broader drug prevention programme.



Celebrities Posters

IRN/I57-Advocacy and Regional Cooperation in Drug Demand Reduction project developed a series of posters to raise general awareness and promoting abstaining from drug use.  The posters contain the UNODC slogan "Think Health, Not Drugs" and feature photographs of four renowned athletes and artists who were identified jointly by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Drug Control Headquarters of Islamic Republic of Iran (DCHQ):

Mr. Reza Kianian; born in 1951, Senior Actor, Author and Artist, winner of two Simorgh in Fajr Film Festival, winner of two awards in Khaneye Cinema Celebration, winner of two Hafez Awards, Chosen as one of five best actors in the History of Iranian Cinema by authors and criticizers of Film Magazine.

Mr. Karim Bagheri; born in 1974, Senior Football Player, selected as prominent two footed Midfielder player of the year (2007-08) by Football Iran News & Events, selected as Player of the year (2007-08) by Iran Football Federation Award, scored against Australian National Football Team in 1997 qualifier game, which is mostly known as his most memorable goal allowing the Iran's national team participation in the FIFA World Cup 1998.

Mr. Farhad Majidi; born in 1976, Senior Football Player, winner of Asian Championship Cup with Al-Ein in 2002-03, Best Football Player of 10 th Iranian Football League, Man of the Year of Iranian Football League in 2010.

Mr. Pejman Bazeghi; born in 1974, Actor, has played many movies and TV series since 1994, mostly known as his powerful performance in Duel movie in which he was nominated as best leading actor in Fajr Film Festival, played for some famous directors such as Masoud Kimiaei, Saman Moghadam, Masoud Jafari Jozani and Ahmadreza Darvish.

The posters were produced under gracious financial support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Posters for World AIDS Day 2011

Six posters with various themes related to "HIV/AIDS and Stigma" were designed and published by UNODC Iran on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2011.




Drug and Domestic Violence prevention posters


Two posters on drug and domestic violence prevention were published and distributed under the framework of project IRNI55 (Nation-wide Drug Prevention Measures in the Islamic Republic of Iran).The main aim of the posters is to raise the knowledge and awareness of young couples on drug use and domestic violence prevention and related problems. They were presented and distributed as part of a package to different organizations in relevant settings countrywide.



  Drug Demand Reduction Publications:

  From Coersion to Cohesion: Treating drug dependence through health care, not punishment 

The aim of this draft discussion paper is to promote a health-oriented approach to drug dependence. It outlines a model of referral from the criminal justice system to the treatment system that is more effective than compulsory treatment, which results in less restriction of liberty, is less stigmatizing and offers better prospects for the future of the individual and society. The paper is based on the deliberations of a group of international experts present at a scientific workshop held at Vienna in October 2009 on: "Voluntary-based or compulsory drug dependence treatment? From mandated treatment to therapeutic alliance". [Full Text - En]

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

Launched by UNODC in March 2013, the International Standards are intended to guide policymakers worldwide to develop programmes, policies and systems that are a truly effective investment in the future of children, young people, families and communities. These global International Standards summarize the currently available scientific evidence and identify the major components and features of an effective national drug prevention system. The document describes interventions that have been proven to be effective in various countries, broken down by age category. It also outlines some drug prevention issues that require further research. This work builds on and recognizes the work of many other organizations (e.g. EMCDDA, CCSA, CICAD, Mentor, NIDA, WHO) which have previously developed standards and guidelines on various aspects of drug prevention. [Full Text - En]

  TREATNET Quality Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Services 

The UNODC TREATNET seeks to reduce the negative social and health consequences of drug dependence including HIV and AIDS, by improving the quality of drug dependence treatment and care services as well as increasing the accessibility of drug dependence treatment for all those in need. It is currently operating in 21 countries in four regions of the world.
This publication contains specific quality standards for drug dependence treatment and care services based on the UNODC/WHO Principles of Drug Dependence Treatment and Care. Its purpose is to suggest a list of standards for the improvement of quality in drug dependence treatment and care services, as well as to provide an assessment tool for implementation of these quality standards at the participating TREATNET sites in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, Middle East and Central Asia. [Full Text -En]


Principles of Drug Dependance Treatment

This discussion paper aims to encourage Governments and other partners to take concerted action for the implementation of evidence-based drug dependence treatment services, which respond to the needs of their populations. It outlines nine key principles for the development of services for treatment of drug use disorders. Depending on human and financial resources available and the quality level of the existing health system in each country, the actions suggested by the present document may be progressively and gradually implemented, taking into account the outlined components for each principle as general framework. [Full Text - En]

Hidden Journey

A drug and HIV prevention exhibition titled "Drug Adventure on Human Body" was held on 26 June 2009, on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking, in the Salamat Cultural Complex.

The "Human Body Exhibition" was designed and implemented by AIRSA NGO with the cooperation of the Children and Adolescent Cultural and Educational Center in order to increase the knowledge of children on drugs and HIV. In this exhibition, the maquette and pictures of different parts of human body and brain were fabricated so that children and teenagers could become familiar and be educated on different types of drugs (such as heroin, opium and crystal-meth) and their effects on body, brain and mind. It lasted one week and 450 children and teenagers visited the exhibition. Based on the results of the assessments, the "Drug Adventure" exhibition was helpful in increasing the knowledge and information of the teenagers. [Full Text-Fa]


Life Skills Training for children at high-risk through novel methods

Joint drug prevention initiative on "Life skills training for high-risk students through alternative and leisure activities" was conducted under IRNI55 Project "Nationwide Drug Prevention Measures in the Islamic Republic of Iran" with close cooperation of Iranian Civil Society Management and Development Institute, Social Psychological Health Society, Airsa Art,Thought Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) and Tomorrow Family Association during November-December 2009. This endeavor was an innovative method to train children at high-risk on life skills as well as drug and HIV prevention through dramatic arts, writing, painting, pottery making, group workings, workshops and games. More than 30 full day trainings were conducted in this regard, in schools, Non-governmental organizations working with street children and institutions, covering more than 800 children at high-risk. Meanwhile, implementing this kind of creative activities on life skills training as well as drug and HIV prevention, has helped to enhance children awareness and their expertise in these fields, providing them necessary tools and strength to confront hard situations in their lives. [Full Text-Fa]


Crime, Justice and Corruption Publications:
The Handbook on Effective Police Responses to Violence against Women

 This Handbook is a UNODC publication designed to assist police officers by familiarizing them with relevant international laws, norms and standards relating to violence against women and informing them about some promising practical approaches to effective police response to acts of violence against women. It is accompanied by a Training Curriculum for those who are involved in police training and development. The Handbook and the Training Curriculum were translated into Farsi under UNODC Iran's IRNK13 project, "Promotion of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programmes for Female Injecting Drug Users in I. R. of Iran", with generous funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. [Full Text Handbook -  Fa]   [Full Text Training Curriculum -Fa]

Gender in the criminal justice system assessment tool

Identifying and understanding the realities of women and men in the community as well as the gender biases that may promote discrimination, limit access to justice and prevent women's full participation in the criminal justice system underpin any assessment of the criminal justice system and should inform all recommendations for technical assistance. Within this framework, UNODC has designed the "Gender in the criminal justice system assessment tool" to help guide the assessment of gender in the criminal justice system.  
This document was translated into Farsi under UNODC Iran's IRNK13 project, "Promotion of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programmes for Female Injecting Drug Users in I. R. of Iran", with generous funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. [Full Text -Fa]

Alternatives to Imprisonment or Intermediate Sanctions

This book is a brief review of the process in which imprisonment has been established and developed in different countries. It is a comprehensive and extensive research on "Alternatives to imprisonment" which has been done by the Institute of Criminal Science and Criminology Research of Tehran University. [Table of Contents & Executive Summary - En]

Controlled Delivery

This research reviews the legal obstacles and enforcement restrictions in Iran, and also proposes ways to institutionalize the methods of "controlled delivery" of narcotic drugs.It investigates the "controlled delivery" as a method of law enforcement cooperation among different countries and considers the possibility of controlled delivery at the national and international levels. [Table of Contents & Conclusions/Recommendations -En]

Money laundering

This book is the compendium of articles presented by experts on transnational organized crime presented on the occasion of "the Anti Money Laundering Seminar", held in 2004 in Shiraz. The experts provided articles focused on inspecting national and international aspects of money laundering and solutions to tackle this crime. [Table of Contents & Introduction -En]

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition in Iranian Criminal Law with Emphasis on Drug-Related Offences

This book reviews the legislation and practical experiences at the international level dealing with the topics of mutual legal assistance and extradition of drug related criminals. It examines Iran's legislation on the topic in light of bilateral / multilateral cooperation, and identifies the possible challenges of the national legislation  and the requirements of international cooperation. Experience of other countries in judicial cooperation has also been mentioned in this book. [Table of Contents & Introduction -En]