Who We Are
UNODC is the global leader in the fight against crime. UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) was established in 1997 in Cairo, Egypt with a view to providing technical assistance to the countries of the region to respond to trafficking in drugs, persons, weapons and artifacts, and to transnational organized crime, including terrorism, corruption, trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, money laundering, among others. UNODC ROMENA covers all the countries part of the Regional Programme: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In addition to the Regional Office, there are two Sub-Regional Programme Offices, in Tripoli (Libya) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), and six Programme Offices in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen. All these offices have more than 75 staff members. Efforts will be conducted to expand the UNODC presence in the region, and open new Programme Offices as the portfolio and resources allow.
What We Do
The mission of the office is to support and cooperate with countries to strengthen their response to threats of crime, drugs and terrorism by:
- Strengthening national policies, institutions and practices in response to drugs, crime and terrorism;
- Promote rule of law, good governance, adherence to international standards and obligations;
- Strengthening capacity to combat transnational organized crime, illicit trafficking of drugs, arms, persons, and goods;
- Promoting regional and international cooperation and partnerships to respond more effectively to shared problems in crime, drugs and terrorism;
- Promoting best practices and evidenced-based policies and practices in drug prevention and reduction, through education and treatment, particularly among the youth;
- Providing research, data analysis and expertise on global, regional and national trends on crime, drugs and terrorism
To achieve these goals, UNODC Regional office for the Middle East and North Africa, in partnership with the League of Arab States and the countries of the region, namely, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, implement several projects/programmes under the umbrella of the Regional Programme.