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Join UNODC at ICASA from 7-11 December in Cape Town

From 7-11 December 2013 the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is being hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. It is an opportunity to renew the global commitment - "Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero" - by drawing the world's attention to the fact that the legacy is now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. UNODC as the UNAIDS convening agency for HIV among people who use drugs, as well as in prisons and other closed settings, will be represented at various Satellite Sessions, Panel Discussions, Poster Exhibitions and the UN Booth. [Read More]

Make health your 'new high' in life: UNODC to mark World Drug Day on 26 June

World Drug Day Slogan 2013On 26 June, the world will commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which serves as a reminder of the need to combat the problems to society posed by illicit drugs. UNODC has long been at the forefront of campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of traditional drugs, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine and amphetamine-type substances.  [Read More]

  International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report Launched

INCB Annual ReportOn 5 March 2013 the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) launched its Annual Report as well as a Report on Precursors chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs. The Global Report highlighted the danger of new psychoactive substance, 'legal highs', new versions of which, with small changes on a  molecular level, are emerging nearly weekly in Europe.  The Report further warns of the abuse of prescription drugs. For more information and the full report click here.

UNODC highlights the cost of corruption for global development on International Anti-Corruption Day

Pretoria - Together with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Africa and the University of South Africa (UNISA), UNODC Southern Africa hosted a high-level panel discussion on effective means to combat corruption in commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day 2012.

Over 120 invited guests from public sector, private sector, civil society, law-enforcement, diplomatic corps and media attended the event held at UNISA in Pretoria on 10 December. More

Tshwane Bus carries message of hope for victims of domestic violence

Sunnyside One-Stop Centre BusPretoria - A centre supported by UNODC to assist victims of domestic violence in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, has come up with an innovative idea to reach the community: by turning one of the regular municipal public buses into a colourful and bright mobile advertisement which urges victims of domestic violence to "Speak" and reach out to the centre for help. For the next eight months, passengers, pedestrians and drivers will be seeing this advertisement daily. More


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UNODC Southern Africa Mandate

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. In working on these issues, UNODC is the guardian of most of the related conventions, namely:

  • The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols (against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms)
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • The international drug control conventions

UNODC was established in 1997 as a result of the merging of the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. It was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to enable the Organization to focus and enhance its capacity to address the interrelated issues of drug control, crime and international terrorism in all its forms.

In the same year, UNODC Southern Africa was formed and now covers 11 countries in the region, namely: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The funding of UNODC's programmes is fully dependent on the continued support of the donor community.


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