UNODC hands over Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre to Zambia Prisons Service

VCT Centre at Kabwe Prison Complex, Zambia   Lusaka, 2 July 2014 - UNODC officially handed over the first Prison Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Centre located at the Kabwe Maximum Prison Complex to the Zambian Prisons Service. The centre will provide quality services to close to 10,000 people. It services prisoners from the five groups of prisons at the Kabwe prison complex, prison staff and their families, as well as the surrounding rural community. [Read more]

Millions lack access to adequate justice, face illegal detention, other abuses

  8 July, 2014 - Many countries still lack the necessary resources and capacity to provide legal aid for suspects, those charged with a criminal offence, prisoners, victims and witnesses. Providing adequate legal aid is key in developing a more efficient legal system. This helps make better use of limited State resources, promotes greater community involvement in the criminal justice system - including facilitating community-based sanctions and non-custodial measures - reduces the unnecessary use of detention and imprisonment, and rationalizes criminal justice policies. [Read more]


UNODC and SADC confirm commitment to make Southern Africa safer from crime and drugs

  23 May - Windhoek - At a special high-level session of the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) in Windhoek, Namibia, representatives from UNODC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) confirmed their commitment to make the SADC Region safer from Crime and Drugs through their Joint Regional Programme for 2013-2016. [Read 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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